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Universal Credit-you’re in control

Universal Credit gives you complete control of your money – the main difference being that your rent will no longer be paid directly to your landlord. Instead, your benefits will be paid direct to you. Another feature of Universal Credit is that you, the claimant, will have to budget your money on a monthly basis rather than on a weekly basis.

Households claiming the most means tested benefits, such as Job Seekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit or Child and Working Tax Credit will be changed over to Universal Credit. UC is a single monthly payment and includes your existing Housing Benefit.

So, as well as budgeting your rent, and making sure your landlord gets paid on time, you’ll also need to budget your bills and spending every month too. This means you’ll be in control of what’s going in and out, but the changes may be a little daunting.

We’ve added a few tasks to make this as easy as possible, so you can enjoy being in full control of your money.

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