Trafford Housing Trust

Universal Credit

 

From 19th July 2017, Universal Credit will be rolled out in Trafford. It is a new benefit that will gradually replace 6 ‘means-tested’ benefits that you may be receiving if your income and savings are below a certain level, including:

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit

If you’re employed, you can still get Universal Credit – payments will vary depending on your earnings.

Once you move over to Universal Credit, you’ll receive one monthly payment into your bank, building society or credit union account to cover your living costs. This means that your rent is no longer automatically paid and it becomes your responsibility to pay it from the money you get.

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See here for ways to pay you rent - the easiest and most convenient way to pay is by Direct Debit or All Pay. If you’re not online, you can pay via our automated telephone answering system.Some benefits won't change and will continue to be paid in the same way once Universal Credit is introduced, including:

  • Statutory Sick Pay
  • Statutory Maternity Pay
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance/ Personal Independence Payment
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Allowance
  • Bereavement Benefits

For more information, visit Citizens Advice.

If you need advice or are worried about the switch, speak to our Customer Support Team on 0300 777 7777 or email hub@traffordhousingtrust.co.uk.

 

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