Universal Credit - Important Changes on 4th April 2022

If you are claiming Universal Credit at the start of April 2022 you need to make some changes to your journal due to the rent increase. Unlike Housing Benefit where we can inform the council of any rent changes, with Universal Credit it is up to the claimant,  that is you , to inform the DWP of any such changes.
 

Also you can use this step by step guide for Universal Credit (UC) claimants, that helps you through the UC application process.

https://uc-helper.co.uk/weaver-vale-housing-trust

You need to do this via your UC Journal from April 4th onwards - Your new rent details were sent to you earlier in the year via letter, if you have misplaced the letter then please contact the Income Team on 0300 303 9848 Option 1 and they can let you know the correct information.

 To update your rent details
 
1) Log onto your UC Journal
2) Go to Home section
3) Go to Report a Change section
4) Select Where I live and what it costs
5) There are two options            
> I have moved
> Something else
6) Go to Something else and fill in that your weekly rent and service charges have changed with effect from Monday 4 April 2022 and submit the form.

It is important that this is done as a matter of urgency as Universal Credit ordinarily only backdates claims by 1 month.  You may need to explain why you have been unable to do this update in a timely manner.

Which benefits are affected?

UC replaced:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit

UC affected:

  • Contribution based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Contribution Based Employment Support Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payments
  • Disabled Living Allowance for children
  • Carers Allowance
  • Pension Credit

You can use this step by step guide for Universal Credit (UC) claimants, that helps you through the UC application process.

https://uc-helper.co.uk/weaver-vale-housing-trust

Universal Credit

Universal Credit (UC) is a single monthly payment, paid in arrears, for people in or out of work. It is paid into a bank account.

You can use this UC Checker, a step by step guide for Universal Credit (UC) claimants, that helps you through the UC application process.

https://uc-helper.co.uk/weaver-vale-housing-trust

It is for people over 18 and under Pension Credit age. You can calculate your pension credit age here

If you receive money towards your rent then this will be included in your single monthly payment.

You will have to make your claim for UC online and not in a local office and you must tell the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) of any changes in your circumstances (including changes to your rent) or you will lose out in your payments.

You can learn more about Universal Credit by watching the short video below.