Universal Credit (UC) is a monthly benefit designed to replace the 6 ‘legacy’ benefits listed below:
What triggers a claim for UC?
Anyone expecting to make a claim for any of the 6 legacy benefits that UC is replacing will have to claim UC instead and full UC rules and systems will apply.
There are also some useful resources available online:
Opening a Account (Universal Credit in Action)
Making a Claim (Universal Credit in Action)
Keeping your Information Updated
It is very important to keep your journal updated with any change of circumstances, such as rent increase details or changes to employment. We have found some useful resources that can help answer some questions you may have about updating it:
Your Journal (Universal Credit in Action)
Coronavirus and Universal Credit
You can check the most up to date information of how Coronavirus will impact your Universal Credit claim, existing or new, here.
The Benefit Cap
The benefit cap is a limit that has been placed by the UK government on the amount of benefit that can be paid to people who are receiving Housing Benefit or Universal Credit.
The current benefit cap was reduced in November 2016 to £20,000 per annum (£13,400 for single people without children). The cap is applied by reducing the amount of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit that you are entitled to. This has the effect of leaving you with a shortfall between the rent you are charged and the benefit you receive to help you pay rent.
Please contact us on 0141 331 6665 if you are affected by this as we may be able to help you apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) from the Council.
Glasgow West Housing Association
5 Royal Crescent
Phone: 0141 331 6650
Repairs: 0141 331 6652
Tenancy: 0141 331 6651
Registered with the Scottish Housing Regulator HEP 126. Registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act (2014): 1955 RS.
Registered as a Scottish Charity SC001667.
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