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Universal Credit is one of the largest changes under Welfare Reform. This new benefit will be for those of working age (16-64) and replaces six of the main working age benefits.
This benefit will assist with living and housing costs. It will also help carers and people who are too ill to work with childcare costs.
Payment of these benefits will be made to a household twice monthly. A monthly payment can be requested. Your housing costs will be paid directly to your landlord.
The six benefits that are replaced by Universal Credit are:
Please note that help with rates will no longer be available under Universal Credit and this will have to be applied for separately via Land and Property Services. This will be called Rates Rebate. Apply here - https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/services/create-or-log-in-to-a-rate-rebate-account.
For more information about Universal Credit please click on https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/introduction-to-universal-credit
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