Citizen’s Advice – Universal Credits

Universal Credits

Citizen's Advice

Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark on hand to help with the rollout of Universal Credit

 

Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark is helping people in Newark to manage Universal Credit which went into full service in May 2018 and they continue to help those in Ollerton and surrounding areas get ready for Universal Credit which rolls out September 2018.

Universal Credit is a new benefits which helps people on a low income or not in work meet their living costs. It combines six benefits, including Housing Benefit and Working Tax Credit, into a single monthly payment.

 

By 2022, Universal Credit is expected to affect 21000 households across Newark and Sherwood.

To help people prepare for Universal Credit, Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark is highlighting how it differs to previous benefits.

Three key changes the charity wants people to be aware of are:

  • Universal Credit payments are made in arrears once a month, rather than every week. The date you get paid will depend on when you make your claim.
  • Payments will go straight into your bank account. This means you may need to set up standing orders for expenses, like rent, if it was paid directly to your landlord under the old benefits system.
  • New Universal Credit applications, and any change in your circumstances, need to be made online.

 

Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark is expecting the bulk of queries on Universal Credit to focus on people who want to know how they make a claim, and if they are eligible to do so.

 

Last year, the government made a number of changes to Universal Credit to help people avoid financial difficulty while they wait for their first payment. This includes the removal of the seven waiting days before a claimant can apply for Universal Credit.

Lesley Barrick,  Advice Service Manager of Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark, said:

“Universal Credit is the biggest-ever change to the benefit system, so it’s important people get support while they get used to it.

“We can help at every stage of the process – from guiding someone through the online application form, to offering budgeting advice and helping people best manage their monthly payment.

 

“If people have a question about Universal Credit they should get in touch with us at the earliest opportunity so unnecessary delays or complications with their claim can be avoided.”

Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark Advice Service Manager said:

Anyone requiring advice or support can get help online at www.citizensadvice.org.uk or from Citizens Advice Sherwood & Newark

Open Door Advice Sessions held at:

New Ollerton: 5 Forest Court, New Ollerton, NG22 9PL

 Monday & Wednesday: 9:30am – 2:30pm

Newark: Castle House, Great North Road, Newark, NG24 1BY

Tuesday & Thursday: 9:30am – 2:30pm

Telephone Advice Line: 0344-411-1444 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Or Call Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on: 03454 04 05 06

 

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