Bristol news DWP's guide to Universal Credit - what happens at every step MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - For those who don't know or are looking into claiming financial support, here is everything you need to know
Breaking News ! For most people 2020 has been one of the most difficult when it comes to finances as a result of the pandemic. And at the start of lockdown, the number of people claiming benefits such as Universal Credit (UC) from The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) increased. But for those who don't know or are looking into claiming financial support, here is everything you need to know about UC according to the DWP on the UK Government's website: Check your eligibility In order to claim UC, you need to check whether you are eligible. You may be entitled to benefits if: you’re on a low income or out of work you’re 18 or over (there are some exceptions if you’re 16 to 17) you’re under State Pension age (or your partner is) you and your partner have £16,000 or less in savings between you you live in the UK How to apply If you believe you are eligible then you can apply for UC online via the UK Government's website here. Want Bristol news straight to your inbox? Sign up to our daily newsletter using the box at the top of this article, read all about what's involved here, or click here to see all of our newsletters You need to create an account to apply and you must submit your UC claim within 28 days of creating the account. If you live with your partner then you will have to apply as a couple regardless of whether you are married or not. Following your application, the UC team may decide to get in contact with you if they require more information.
. If you need help with your application then you can contact the UC Helpline on 0800 328 5644 or visit the Citizens Advice Help to Claim website here.
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What happens next Your claim will be assessed and you will need to attend an interview with Jobcentre Plus within 10 working days of submitting your claim. After you have made your claim you will be told how to arrange this, and if you have a health condition you may need a work capability assessment but you will be told if you need one after you have submitted your claim. When do I get paid The first UC payment will be received five weeks after your claim and your account will be updated to tell you how much it will be and you can apply for an advance payment here if you need help with bills etc. If any of your circumstances change then you must report them to the DWP otherwise this can lead to an investigation. You can find more information about UC and the DWP on the UK Government's website here.
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