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Big changes to benefits for tenants in Dudley

"We welcome the launch of Universal Credit in Dudley. By bringing together what was several different benefits into one direct payment, it should make things simpler and easier for tenants" - Cllr Steve Clark, cabinet member for finance
"We welcome the launch of Universal Credit in Dudley. By bringing together what was several different benefits into one direct payment, it should make things simpler and easier for tenants" - Cllr Steve Clark, cabinet member for finance

Big changes are coming to the way benefits are paid in Dudley, following the full launch of Universal Credit in the borough today.

Universal Credit (UC) is a new single monthly payment for working age people that will replace some other benefits. It will roll into one Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), housing benefit, working tax credit, child tax credit, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and income support.  Pensioners and some specified working age categories will be excluded from UC for now.

It will be administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and paid once a month directly into the bank accounts of tenants in the borough. Previously tenants may have had their rent paid directly through housing benefit.

Dudley Council is offering support to people to make a claim for UC, and also help and assistance in budget planning.

Universal Credit will be rolled out across the borough from today, depending upon postcode. There will be a further rollout from September 27, and the final rollout from December 13.

People who pay rent to housing associations or private landlords will also be affected and need to make similar arrangements.

Councillor Steve Clark, cabinet member for finance, said:

“We welcome the launch of universal credit in Dudley. By bringing together what was several different benefits into one direct payment, it should make things simpler and easier for tenants.

 “It will mark a significant change for some tenants who may have had benefits paid directly to cover their rent in the past. People now need to make sure they budget accordingly, and have a payment plan in place to ensure they do not fall behind with their rent.

“But we will be hand to help and support anyone who needs it during this transitional period.”

The council offers lots of different payment methods for tenants, from direct debits and standing orders to online payments or doing it over the phone.

Residents who are  having difficulty in managing your their money, and need help please can call 03005558100.

 

 

For further information, visit the Universal Credit page, call 01384 811689 or visit www.gov.uk/universal-credit

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