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You can apply for Universal Credit to help with your living costs if you are on a low income or out of work, dependant on your circumstances.

From 5th July 2017, the Dudley borough became a full service for Universal Credit area. This means that if you make a new claim for benefits or if you have a change in circumstances after this date you will be required to claim Universal Credit.

Universal Credit has been introduced as a new way to manage your account and payments. One of the biggest changes with is the way the rent element of Universal Credit is paid.

If you qualify for help towards your rent this will be paid directly to you and you will need to pay your landlord yourself. However in some circumstances rent can be paid directly to your landlord at your request or at your landlords’ request.

  • Other changes include:
  • If you live as a couple with someone, you will receive one monthly joint payment into a single bank account.
  • You will have to make your claim online.
  • It will be paid directly into your bank account.
  • It is paid monthly in arrears so it can take up to five weeks to receive your first payment.
  • There are no limits as to how many hours a week you can work, however your payment will decrease as you earn more.

Universal Credit replaces the following benefits:

  • Child Tax Credit.
  • Housing Benefit.
  • Income Support.
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA).
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit.

For information about other benefits administered by the Council please see the Benefits page.