Universal Credit

The Universal Credit Full Digital Service

The Government has been gradually introducing the new Universal Credit (UC) welfare benefit, which replaces several existing benefits including Housing Benefit. UC will affect people who are both in and out of work, and of working age.

You might also find the following information useful received from the Government following the Autumn Statement

The introduction of the full service is being rolled out across Liverpool throughout 2018, depending on the specific postcode area. Check your own area by typing your postcode into the Entitledto's postcode checker.

Customers receiving welfare benefit living in the L20, L9 and parts of L4 5xx may have already seen changes take place and listed below is the amended timetable. 


The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) UC Digital Rollout Timetable

Date Area Job Centre Affected
October 2017 - January 2018
Sefton
Bootle
Crosby
Southport
May 2018
Knowsley
Huyton
Kirkby
September 2018
Liverpool
Belle Vale
Garston
November 2018
Liverpool
Toxteth
Williamson Square
December 2018
Liverpool
Everton
West Derby


How will I know if I am affected?

You will only be affected if you have a change in circumstances or need to make a new benefits claim. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will advise you of this. If you currently claim UC, the DWP will write to you at a later date and you will have to make a new claim online.

How do I make a claim?

UC claims need to be made online via
www.gov.uk/universal-credit which can be completed via Job Centre Plus or at home, using a PC, tablet or smartphone. You can get on line at a local Digital Hub which are run by ComMutual, LMH’s charitable arm.
If you’re struggling to make an online claim, contact the UC Helpline on 0800 328 5644 available Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm.

To make a claim, you will need:

  • An email address
  • A bank, building society or credit union account
  • You will need to know your weekly rent charge (including service charges if applicable)
  • Your income details and for those living with you (including benefits)
  • Your National Insurance (NI) number and the NI for each family member who are part of the claim

What happens once you’ve made the claim?

  • You will receive a Job Centre appointment to verify your claim - remember to take photo ID (a passport or driving licence), your tenancy agreement and an up to date rent statement.
  • Go online to make an appointment with your Work Coach to agree and sign your ‘Claimant Commitment’. Remember to keep your search for work and journal up to date and regularly check your online ‘to do list’ to see if the DWP has sent you actions regarding your claim.
  • Failing to comply with these UC requirements may affect payments towards your housing costs.
  • If you do not pay your rent to LMH it could result in action being taken to recover the tenancy.

Is there any financial help while waiting for my claim?

  • You can apply for an advance payment during your interview with the work coach.

From 2018 there will be two changes to advanced payments of UC.

  1. The amount of support for an advance payment is being increased from up to 50% of the estimated entitlement of UC to 100%. This advance payment is interest free. From Spring 2018 you will be able to apply online for an advance payment.
  2. If you receive an advance UC payment, the period to repay it back will increase from 6 to 12 months, regardless of the amount claimed. 
  • If you have any concerns about your rent during this time, please speak to your Rent Officer.

Support Available

LMH and our charitable arm, ComMutual can offer you advice on making an online claim by assisting with:

  • Free IT training and access to the Internet, including setting up an email address
  • Advice on setting up a bank, building society or credit union account
  • Employment training and support
  • Signpost to services for budgeting, debt, energy & utility debt and benefit advice
  • Food bank vouchers
  • Sign up to Twitter and follow @lmhinfo and @ComMutualInfo to keep up to date with information and sessions available.


    www.commutual.org.uk 

Universal Credit Payments

From February 2018 the seven-day waiting period will be cancelled which means you will not have to wait as long to receive your first full payment of UC. The Monthly Assessment Period will now commence from the date the claim is made*.

*Based on advice from the Government

Remember to pay your rent as soon as your first UC payment is received.

Talk to us today

If you’re having difficulty, don’t struggle alone. Contact our Welfare Reform Team via 0800 678 1894.