About Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a welfare support that working age people may be able to claim if they are on a low income or out of work. It replaces the following:

• Child Tax Credit          • Working Tax Credit
• Housing Benefit          • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
• Income Support          • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

If you receive these benefits or tax credits and your circumstances change, it may mean that you will need to make a claim for Universal Credit instead.

Click on the link below for further information and to apply for Universal Credit:

www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk

Your Universal Credit is a single monthly payment and you may have to wait for around 5 weeks for your first payment. You may be able to get a Universal Credit advance if you are unable to manage during this period. Remember that the advance will have to be paid back from your future payments.

You will receive the first rent payment direct into your own bank account. After which you can ask DWP to pay your rent direct to Caledonia.

Contact us on 0800 678 1228 if you are applying for Universal Credit. Your Housing Officer will discuss how you can manage your rent payments and can arrange for you to receive additional benefit, money and debt advice.

Useful Resources and Downloads

Here are some links to other useful websites:

www.gov.uk/universal-credit
www.dundeecity.gov.uk/welfarereform
www.dundeecity.gov.uk/welfarereform/elearning
www.pkc.gov.uk/wrt
www.angus.gov.uk/benefits_and_money_advice
www.fifedirect.org.uk
www.highland.gov.uk/info/592/benefits/420/welfare_reform
www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/welfare-reform/crisis-community-care-grants/
www.discoverycu.co.uk
www.dumbartoncreditunion.org
www.kingdomcu.co.uk
www.pkcu.org.uk
www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-different-earning-patterns-and-your-payments/universal-credit-different-earning-patterns-and-your-payments-payment-cycles