As part of the Government’s ongoing reform of the welfare system, working aged benefits may be changing for some new claimants.
Universal Credit is available in the Stirling Jobcentre.
Universal Credit combines six benefits in a single payment. You may be affected if you are claiming any of the following for the first time:
- Income based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income based Employment Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credits
- Child Tax Credits
Universal Credit will be claimed online. The payment is made monthly in arrears and paid to the bank account of one designated member of your household. If you need to claim housing benefit, this will be paid directly to you instead of your landlord.
The initial roll out will only affect a small number of people with specific circumstances,and if you live in the following postcodes FK150, FK15 9, FK 19 8, FK20 8, FK21 8, which are shared with neighbouring Councils, you will be unable to claim Universal Credit until December this year.
Where can I claim?
You can claim at the Universal Credit website.
An online application form will take you through a series of questions to make sure you are able to claim. Do not worry if you are not eligible for Universal Credit at the moment – the form will re-direct you to the Job Centre
The form will take between 20 to 40 minutes to complete. There is no save function, so you should make sure you have all the information you need before you start your claim.
What can I do if I want more information/help with Universal Credit
If you need help making a claim, you can get information on the website - or call the helpline,
Contact the helpline if:
- you have any questions
- your circumstances change and you’re already getting Universal Credit
Universal Credit helpline
Telephone: 0345 600 0723
Welsh language (make a claim): 0800 012 1888
Welsh language (report changes): 0345 600 3018
Textphone: 0345 600 0743
If you need help with adapting to the changes to your budget
You can get face-to-face help by contacting the Stirling Advice Partnership:
Stirling Advice Partnership Customer First
You can also call 01786 233528 or email to arrange an appointment.
You can also find information on other advice organisations in Stirling here.
The Money Advice Service can also provide you with more information about Universal Credit.