Universal Credit Important Facts

Do you want to find more about Universal Credit? Here are some important Universal Credits facts.

How long will I have to wait for my first Universal Credit Payment?

You might have to wait up to 6 weeks before your first Universal Credit payment.

Will I be asked to claim Univeral Credit?

Univeral Credit is still being rolled out. It is more likely you’ll be asked to claim Universal Credit if you’re single and newly unemployed. Howwever, more jobcentres are now taking claims from couples and families with Universal Credit.

What if I’m in an area with the full Universal Credit service?

If you live in an area where the full Universal Credit benefits service is available. And you’re entitled to the benefits being replaced by Universal Credit. You’ll be asked to start claiming Universal Credit.

How can I use Universal Credit to help pay my rent?

If you’re entitled to help with your rent, it will be included in your monthly Universal Credit Payment. You’ll then need to pay your landlord directly.

How are couples receiving benefits affected by Universal Credit?

If you’re living with someone as a couple and you’re both entitled to claim Universal Credit. You’ll receive a single joint monthly payment to one bank account.

How many hours a week can I work while claiming Universal Credit?

There isn’t a limit on how many hours you can work per week if you’re claiming Universal Credit. As you earn more, the amount of Universal Credit you receive will gradually decrease until you’re no longer entitled to any Universal Credit payments.

How can I claim Universal Credit?

You have to make your Universal Credit claim online.

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