Payments on Universal Credit might be cut at any time – here’s how to avoid being affected.
MILLIONS of British households will now be forced to survive on £1,000 less in Universal Credit payments per year after the planned £20-a-week cut was implemented this week.
Nearly six million individuals will be worse off this month as a result of the government’s controversial proposals to slash Universal Credit by £80 per month.
According to data from the Department for Work and Pensions, over half of these people will be new claimants who have never had to rely on the lower sum before (DWP).
They’re being reminded to make sure they’re getting all of the financial assistance they’re entitled to from charity that don’t want them to suffer in silence.
Anyone who has received a government loan or is in debt has been cautioned that their weekly benefit may be deducted automatically.
Money can be recovered in a variety of situations, including when someone has received an advance payment or has been paid too much by mistake.
If someone receives an overpayment for Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, or Tax Credits, they should contact the DWP as soon as possible since they will not only have to repay the money, but they may also face a penalty.
For those who aren’t informed, a journal message or letter clarifying the overpayment should be provided.
“If you suspect you have been overpaid but have not heard from DWP, you must report it immediately,” it advised on its website.
“If you don’t, you could be punished or fined.”
Crisis loans, third-party debts such as energy bills, childcare costs, and rent are all things to be aware of.
Before collecting any money, the DWP should notify people, and they are not authorized to take more than 25% of a person’s monthly allowance in one go.
Anyone who is having trouble managing their finances and is concerned that future debts may be taken without warning should write a note in their journal and make an appointment to speak with their work coach.
Meanwhile, the government announced last week that an additional £500 million will be available to help struggling families get through the winter.
The cash injection will be available starting this month, but applicants must notify their local council – not their job centre – that they are in need.
Families will not be able to stay together, according to campaigners. “Brinkwire News Summary.”