Benefits

The benefits system is designed to make sure that there is a minimum standard of living for everyone and My Advice Gateway provides information on how benefits are claimed and paid.

Details of planned changes to the benefit system can be found at here.

An A-Z of the Benefits System is available from GOV.UK and further information is available at CitizensAdvice, Turn2us, AgeUK and MoneyHelper.

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BENEFIT CHANGES IN 2021

The Government has introduced a wide range of changes to the social security benefits system under the Welfare Reform Act 2012 and the Pensions Act 2011.

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BENEFITS CALCULATOR

You may be missing out on financial help that you are entitled to through welfare benefits. The entitledto calculator can help you check what benefits and tax credits you might be able to claim.

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT

Universal Credit is a new single payment for people who are looking for work or on a low income. It is intended to help claimants and their families to become more independent and will simplify the benefits system by bringing together a range of working-age benefits into a single streamlined …

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT MAKING A CLAIM

You can claim Universal Credit online at home or from wherever you can access the internet making it easy to claim at a time that suits you. Your postcode will determine how your claim is progressed.

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT CLAIMANT COMMITMENT

Your Claimant Commitment will set out what you have agreed to do to prepare for and look for work, or to increase your earnings if you are already working. It will be based on your personal circumstances and will be reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis.

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT ADVANCES AND LOANS

If you don’t have enough to live on while you wait for your first UC payment or you need help to pay for emergency costs you may be eligible for a UC advance or a Budgeting Loan.

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT PAYMENT

UC is a single payment that is paid monthly into your bank account. You may have to wait for up to 5 weeks for your first payment.

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT ROLL-OUT

Universal Credit is replacing certain benefits in parts of the UK and will be rolled-out in phases between 2013 and 2017

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HOUSING BENEFIT

Housing Benefit is a payment to help people on a low income to pay their rent. You cannot receive the benefit if you have a mortgage or a home loan.

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DISCRETIONARY HOUSING PAYMENT

If you are already receiving Housing Benefit you may be able to get additional help from your local council if you are struggling to pay your rent.

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