Universal Credit will replace the following benefits:
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Working Tax Credit
You must apply online, create an online account and fill in your details. After you apply, you must contact your local Jobcentre Plus within 7 days to make an appointment with a work coach. Please note, you will not get Universal Credit if you do not attend the appointment.
How can we help?The downside of Universal Credit is that you must apply online. Once you have created an account, you must sign in to your account regularly to check your messages and submit your commitments. Due to this, it creates problems for some of our members as they do not understand any English and do not have access to the Internet. Therefore, our Information & Advice Department are here to provide the help needed.
In the last few months, I have been able to help several of our vulnerable members who did not know that they were entitled, successfully get Universal Credit. With my help some of them even qualified and received an extra UC payment reflecting their disability, illness and health conditions.
Fox example, I provided an all-inclusive service to help one member to make an application and successfully secured £311 per month of UC for him.
Two months later, I helped him to complete a work capability questionnaire and assisted him in an assessment interview. He passed the test, and his award increased to £639 per month, which greatly improved the quality of his life.