How benefits are changing
Universal Credit is being introduced in Powys as a whole County from 10th October 2018. This means we will no longer be able to accept new Housing Benefit claims from 10th October 2018 for working age people. There are some exceptions i.e if you live in Supported Accommodation or Temporary Accommodation. Disability Living Allowance is being replaced by Personal Independence Payment, and Council Tax Benefit has been replaced by local Council Tax Reduction Schemes. There are also changes to Housing Benefit and the Social Fund and an overall cap has been introduced to the amount you can get in benefits.
Universal Credit is a new type of financial support for people of working age who are looking for work or on a low income. It's being introduced gradually between April 2013 and 2023. Some areas of Powys have already been affected by Universal Credit. If your unsure please go to https://ucpostcode.entitledto.co.uk/ucdate and enter your postcode.
It will be a simpler, single monthly payment for people in or out of work, which merges together some of the benefits and tax credits that you might be getting now. These are:
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
Universal Credit will be a single, monthly payment into a bank account you choose.
If you get help with your rent, this will be included in your monthly payment - you'll then pay your landlord yourself. If you and your partner are both eligible, you will get one monthly payment for the household.
Universal Credit will generally be managed online. You make your claim online, then check on your payments and updates through your online account.
There are no limits on how many hours a week you can work if you're claiming Universal Credit. Instead, the amount you'll get will gradually reduce as you earn more, so you won't lose all your benefits at once.
Get an estimate of how much Universal Credit you'll be entitled to by using the benefit calculator from entitledto.co.uk which will estimate all your entitlements including Universal Credit.