The Government is phasing out certain benefits and replacing them with Universal Credit. This new benefit is replacing Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit and Income Support, as well as others. Many people have applied for Universal Credit in recent weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Who is eligible for Universal Credit?
The Government website states you may be eligible for Universal Credit if:
- you’re on a low income or out of work
- you’re 18 or over (there are some exceptions if you’re 16 to 17)
- you’re under State Pension age (or your partner is)
- you and your partner have £16,000 or less in savings between you
- you live in the UK
Can you receive Universal Credit payments early?
If you cannot wait five weeks for your first payment, you can apply for an advance.
This is capped at the amount of your first estimated payment, and you can apply through your online Universal Credit account or via your Jobcentre Plus work coach.
You can also call the Government’s dedicated Universal Credit helpline.
You will need to explain why you need the money early, verify your identity and provide bank details.
The Government aims to tell you the same day if you will receive an advance.
Published at Mon, 04 May 2020 09:41:00 +0000