Universal Credit rolled out in Southampton

16 March 2015

Universal Credit is being introduced in Southampton from today.
It will be introduced gradually across the country as part of the government’s welfare reform changes.

It will only affect a few people at first, but the new single benefit will eventually replace several unemployment and low-income benefits and tax credits with a single monthly payment.

It is designed to make it easier to take temporary or part-time work while claiming.

Who is affected now?
At the moment you only claim Universal Credit if you meet these three conditions:

1. You are making a new claim for a relevant benefit. (You’re not affected at the moment if you already get Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, or Child Tax Credit).
2. You do not have children or other dependants.
3. You do not have a disability or long-term illness.

How to claim
To claim Universal Credit you must apply online at: https://www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit

There are no paper forms.

Don’t worry if you can’t use the internet, there’s free access to the web in lots of places across the city.

You can make an appointment with Gateway by calling 02380 832005
No Limits drop-ins can provide computers and support for people under the age of 26 who are claiming Universal Credit.
To make a claim, you will need:

your National Insurance number
details of the bank, building society or Post Office account you want Universal Credit paid into
your tenancy agreement (if you have one)
details of your savings or other capital
details of any income that’s not from work (an insurance plan for example)
details of any other benefits you’re getting
You might also need these details for your partner and other people who live in your home.

Remember, if you are under 26, No Limits can help and support you through the process of claiming Universal Credit.