The Government has announced that it will be cutting the £20 a week uplift in Universal Credit. That means, from 6th October, all those claiming Universal Credit, no matter what their circumstances, will loose £86.67 a month.
If this has left you worried about how you will make ends meet, this guide from Citizens Advice will be really useful. It provides tips on how to get help with general living costs, the costs of feeding your family, managing debt payments, and benefits you might be entitled to.
If you're struggling to pay your rent, you may also be able to get assistance from your Local Authority in the form of a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP). You have to apply directly to your Council - usually by phone or online. You can find out how to contact your local council here, on GOV.UK.
When you apply, be as clear as you can when you're explaining why you need a DHP. You should explain:
- why you can't afford to pay the rent
- why you can't move somewhere cheaper
- if it's causing problems for someone you look after - like a child or elderly relative
- any evidence you have - like a letter from your doctor or details of debts you're paying off
Also, check out Turn2Us; a brilliant website with loads of advice on money and benefits and how to make sure you're getting the support you're entitled to.
You can also talk to your housing officer if you're not sure about how to go about checking whether you are getting the right amount of benefits or if you need help accessing other support. And please talk to us as soon as possible if you are worried about being able to pay your rent.