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Universal Credit coming to West Lothian

Full service Universal Credit is coming to West Lothian from May 2018.

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This means that if you are in receipt of any welfare benefits or tax credits, and your circumstances change, your payments will change to Universal Credit (UC).

UC aims of simplify six key benefits and tax credits with a single monthly lump sum payment.  It has been introduced by the UK Government, and administered by Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

All applications must be done online, and you must have an email address and bank, building society or credit union account set up in advance to apply as well as other information to hand.

A West Lothian Council spokesperson said: "Full service Universal Credit (UC) will be live in West Lothian from May 2018.

"UC will replace Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income-based Job Seekers Allowance, Income-related Employment Support Allowance, Child tax Credits and Working Tax Credits, so those who are currently in receipt of any of these benefits should make sure they are prepared for the change now."

To apply, you will need the following information to hand:

  • Your National Insurance Number
  • Your Postcode and full address.
  • Name, sort code and account number of your bank/building society/credit union account
  • Email address
  • Type of accommodation (Council Tenant, Mortgage etc)
  • Landlord's Name and address if applicable
  • Details of your rent or mortgage costs
  • If applicable, any rent free weeks in tenancy
  • Details of your earnings
  • Details of any income not from work, such as pension
  • Details of any other benefits in payment

For more advice, please visit Universal Credit 

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