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Universal Credit

From 28/03/2016 single jobseekers in Gosport, making a new claim for benefit, may be required to apply for Universal Credit. This will be if:


  • You are making a new claim for a relevant benefit. At the moment this is only Jobseekers Allowance.
  • You are aged 18 to 60 (+ 6 months).
  • You do not have any children or other dependents.
  • You do not have a disability or a long term illness.


There is information on www.gov.uk/universalcredit to check to see if you need to claim Universal Credit.


How to Claim


You will be expected to make your Universal Credit application online at https://www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit


You cannot backdate your Universal Credit claim so it is important that you make your claim as soon as possible.


Please give time to complete your application; it may take 40 minutes or more. Once you start an application you cannot save it part way through, so you need to ensure you have all information required to make a claim before you start filling in the application form. 


To make a claim, you will need:


  • Your National Insurance number
  • Details of the bank, building society or Post Office account that you want Universal Credit paid into
  • Your tenancy agreement (if you have one)
  • Details of your savings or other capital
  • Details of any other benefits you are getting


If you do not have access to a computer at home or do not have family or friends that can assist you, there are computers at Gosport Jobcentre Plus and in your local library. A self-serve computer is also available for your use in the Benefits Section at Gosport Borough Council Town Hall, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

If you need help to make your Universal Credit claim online, support is available by telephoning Gosport Borough Council on 02392 545635 or by visiting the Town Hall in person, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.


What is Universal Credit?


Universal Credit is a new simpler, single monthly payment for people in or out of work, which will eventually join together some of the benefits and tax credits that you might be getting now.  Universal Credit is being introduced in stages and is available in Gosport from 28th March 2016 for single job seekers who are not already receiving Jobseekers Allowance.


Universal Credit will replace:


  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit


Please note: Universal Credit does not include help to pay your Council Tax. You can still claim Local Council Tax Support from Gosport Borough Council here


Universal Credit is paid in a different way to current benefits:


  • It will be paid monthly into an account you choose
  • If you get help with your rent, this will be included in your monthly payment – you’ll then pay your landlord yourself

In receipt of Universal Credit and struggling to pay your rent?


If you are in receipt of Universal Credit (Housing Costs Element) and you are struggling to pay any shortfall in your rent, you can apply to Gosport Borough Council for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP). For more details click here.

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