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Universal Credit

Universal Credit

Universal Credit arrived in Bedford Borough on the 2nd March 2015 for new claims made by single people without children looking for work. It is due to arrive in Milton Keynes in the Autumn and everywhere else before April 2016.

This will be a very big change for tenants needing to claim, as in many cases they will need to change the way they manage their money.

The main changes will be:-

  • Help to pay for rent (the equivalent of Housing Benefit) will be paid directly to you as part of your monthly Universal Credit payment. It will not be paid directly to us so it will be your responsibility to pay the correct rent from your benefit.
  • Applications will have to be made online
  • You will no longer get weekly benefit payments as they will be paid monthly so you will need to be able to budget your money.
  • You will need to have a CV and be registered on Universal Job Match
  • You will need to have a bank account, post office account or credit union account.

 

How can Aragon help?

We can help you with:-

  • making a claim online for Universal Credit and assisting with any future queries
  • checking whether you are entitled to any other benefits and helping you make a claim
  • setting up a direct debit to pay your rent
  • setting out a personal budget plan
  • managing your debts through our Money Advice service
  • referring you to prepare or update a CV and register for Universal Jobmatch

 

If you want to know more about Universal Credit or need help please contact us on 0300 123 5544 and ask for our Benefits and Money Advice team, or email at money@aragon-housing.co.uk.



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