Use this budget planner to help you manage your money.
Universal Credit is a new benefit for people of working age who are sick, unemployed and looking for work, or working but on a low income. It was introduced in Sunderland on 2 November 2015 for single people making new claims. From July 2018 it will be rolled out to couples and families.
It will replace:
Universal Credit is paid once a month, usually into your bank, building society or credit union account.
What if I am already claiming working-age benefits?
If you are already claiming working-age benefits, carry on as normal until you are notified by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
What about Council Tax?
Council Tax support isn’t included in Universal Credit. Contact Sunderland City Council.
Families with 3 or more children will not be able to claim Universal Credit until sometime after December 2018.
If you need to make a Universal Credit Claim please let us know.
To apply for Universal Credit you will need to visit www.gov.uk/universal-credit/how-to-claim.
You will need to make sure you:
If you have already applied or are already claiming Universal Credit please let us know.
For further information or support on making a claim call the Universal Credit Helpline 0800 328 5644 or visit www.gov.uk/universal-credit/how-to-claim.
Gentoo’s Money Matters Team can provide advice and support if you need to make a Universal Credit Claim. They can also help you to budget on a monthly basis.
Your first payment will usually take approximately 5 weeks. If you need help with your living costs while you wait for your first payment, you can apply for an advance. You can apply for an advance payment through your online account.
Some people find it difficult to manage when waiting 5 weeks for a payment. Our Money Matters Team can make a referral for you at your local food bank. They can also give you details of any free lunch clubs in your local area.
Gentoo has been working with the local community and staff to collect school uniforms. Speak to the Money Matters Team about an event near you where you can pick up school uniforms for your children for a minimal donation.