Getting to Grips with Universal Credit
Blackpool Adult, Community and Family Learning are providing a number of short courses at various venues throughout the town to help you get to grips with Universal Credit and better manage your money.
The courses will help you to:
- gain confidence and skills to successfully apply for work.
- manage your Universal Credit Full Service account.
- manage your money and budget.
Courses have been organised at several venues with a variety of dates between January and April. For more information and to enrol, please contact:
Adult, Community and Family Learning
Tel: (01253) 478131 or 478032
How to Claim Universal Credit
You must apply online for Universal Credit. Watch this short video from the DWP which explains how to make your claim – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WgJU8Y_bQg&feature=youtu.be.
Before you claim you’ll need to have some information ready:
- Personal information including; your National Insurance number, email address and phone number.
- Housing information including; your address, your landlord’s address, your tenancy agreement and your monthly rent.
- Financial information including; your bank account details, details of any income or benefits you get, details of any savings, income or salary you get.
Remember; you will still need to claim separately for Council Tax Support and free school meals if required as these will not be included in your Universal Credit payment.
Your monthly Universal Credit payment will include any help you get towards paying your rent. You will need to budget so you can pay your rent, your bills and other living costs for the whole month.
A range of support services are available to help you budget. You can talk to your work coach about the type of help you might need but there are also several independent services the can provide advice and support:
- The DWP have developed a handy guide to managing your money.
- The Money Advice Service has an online money manager support tool which provides free and impartial budgeting information and advice based on your personal circumstances. This service has also produced a Beginner’s Guide to managing money.
- Citizen’s Advice provide free information and advice and their website includes useful information on managing debt and money.
Remember we’re here to help. If you’d like any further information or support please contact the BCH Rents Team on Tel: 01253 477900 and choose Option 1 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.