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Universal Credit Christmas payments and what you need to know…

If you are in some form of employment and claiming Universal Credit (UC), and your employer pays you early in December due to the Christmas period (as many employers do this) you may receive a reduced UC payment or no payment until after the Christmas period.

This is because how often your employer pays you can affect your UC as you may be paid twice in one assessment period.

This could potentially leave you without any UC payments over the Christmas period, so it is vital that you start to budget accordingly now.

To find out if this rule will apply to you, contact the Department for Work and Pensions via your online Journal. It’s also worth checking with your employer if they will be paying you earlier in December.

It’s important that if you know you are going to be left short over the Christmas period you speak to a member of our Debt Recovery team, and make them aware of this. You can contact the team by emailing: Debt.Recovery@haltonhousing.org or by calling 0151 510 5204.

To see a full breakdown of all the elements paid to you under your Universal Credit payment, log in to your UC account by clicking here. 

Halton Housing has a dedicated team of Welfare Benefit and Money Advice experts who are here to help our customers with any welfare, money or benefit advice queries or if you are struggling with your rent payments. You can contact the team via the Halton Housing App or email welfare@haltonhousing.org.

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