What UC re­places

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

Univer­sal Credit will re­place six key ben­e­fits and tax cred­its with a single monthly pay­ment.

It is ad­min­is­tered by the Depart­ment for Work and Pen­sions (DWP) and aims to make the wel­fare sys­tem for work­ing-age cus­tomers sim­pler.

UC will re­place the fol­low­ing ben­e­fits and tax cred­its: Hous­ing Ben­e­fit, In­come Sup­port, In­come Based Job­seek­ers Al­lowance, In­come Re­lated Em­ploy­ment and Sup­port Al­lowance, Child Tax Cred­its and Work­ing Tax Cred­its.

People who al­ready re­ceive any of the six ben­e­fits and tax cred­its listed above, will con­tinue to do so un­less they have a change in their cir­cum­stances that would cause their ben­e­fits to be re-assessed. In that case, a new claim for UC would be re­quired.

When you are ap­ply­ing for Univer­sal Credit, you will need to have the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion to hand: ● Per­sonal de­tails, in­clud­ing your Na­tional In­sur­ance Num­ber, proof of ad­dress and iden­tity and email

dig­i­tal skills skills.

“As Univer­sal Credit is only ac­ces­si­ble on­line on the UK Gov­ern­ment’s web­site, many people who don’t yet have the right dig­i­tal skills will find it dif­fi­cult to make their claim and keep up with their claim com­mit­ments. ad­dress ● Home de­tails, in­clud­ing post­code, proof of ad­dress, hous­ing costs in­clud­ing rent or mort­gage, prop­erty type and who owns the prop­erty and any rent-free weeks you are al­lowed by a land­lord ● Fi­nan­cial de­tails, in­clud­ing bank, build­ing so­ci­ety or credit union ac­count and earn­ings, pen­sion or child main­te­nance pay­ments and sav­ings.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Univer­sal Credit and sup­port in Ren­frew­shire, visit www.ren­frew­shire.gov.uk/ uni­ver­sal­credit

“Many lo­cal com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions of­fer dig­i­tal sup­port and learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, so people should check out what is in their area ahead of need­ing to make a claim for Univer­sal Credit.”

Res­i­dents can make an ap­point­ment with a vol­un­teer dig­i­tal teacher – known as a dig­i­teer – at one of Ren­frew­shire’s li­braries by call­ing 0300 300 1188, or vis­it­ing www.ren­frew­shireleisure.com/ li­braries

Com­mu­nity groups also hold their own dig­i­tal train­ing ses­sions that can help people to get more con­fi­dence with go­ing on­line and res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to check out what is in their area.

People who have their own smart­phone, tablet or lap­top can make use of free pub­lic wifi in John­stone, Ren­frew and Pais­ley town cen­tres.

Those who don’t have a com­puter can use a pub­lic com­puter at their lo­cal li­brary or Job­cen­tre Plus of­fice.

Com­put­ers are also avail­able at Ren­frew­shire House and at 5 High Street, Pais­ley, as well as John­stone Town Hall.

Ten­ants of so­cial or pri­vate-rented hous­ing should check with their land­lord to see what sup­port is avail­able to them.

Coun­cil leader Iain Ni­col­son said: “It’s im­por­tant that ev­ery­one takes ad­van­tage of dig­i­tal train­ing in their lo­cal area as those skills will be use­ful should they need to claim Univer­sal Credit.

“People need­ing a lit­tle bit of help get­ting on­line can book an ap­point­ment with a dig­i­teer in a li­brary and we have made sure that pub­lic com­put­ers are avail­able that can be used to learn dig­i­tal skills, make a claim for Univer­sal Credit or keep up with their claim com­mit­ments.

“Free pub­lic wifi in John­stone, Ren­frew and Pais­ley town cen­tres will also help many people who al­ready have a smart­phone, tablet or lap­top and just need ac­cess to the in­ter­net.”

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