What UC replaces
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.”