Six Universal Credit entitlements that you may not know about

As the New Year approaches, Universal Credit claimants are being urged to check that they are getting all they are entitled to.

Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 12:35 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 3:30 pm
There are more than 2.7million people receiving Universal Credit.

There are more than 2.7million people receiving the benefit – and as well as the standard monthly allowance, there are a number of additional entitlements available.

Will Quince, Minister for Welfare Delivery, said: “We are helping people to access the support they need, and Universal Credit can help you pay essential bills, such as housing and childcare.

“We know life can be complicated at times, but claiming benefits doesn’t have to be. If you need help, our staff are here to simplify the system and make sure you’re getting the right level of support.”

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Here are some of the entitlements available:

*Up to 85% of childcare costs can be reimbursed through Universal Credit.

Costs can be reported online, and those in work while in receipt to Universal Credit can apply for up to £646.35 per month if you have one child and up to £1,108.40 for two or more children.

*Up to 50% off train and bus travel if you are eligible for a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card.

It can be used for transport to interviews and appointments, and is also valid for all other journeys. Those receiving Jobseekers Allowance may also be eligible.

*A Flexible Support Fund is available to help claimants cover the costs of starting work.

This money does not have to be paid back, and can pay for clothing and uniforms to start work and travel to interviews.

*A potential one-off payment for those having a child.

Known as the Sure Start Maternity Grant, households on Universal Credit can benefit from a one-off payment of £500. This does not have to be paid back and will not affect your benefit payment.

*Council tax savings.

This is dependent on individual circumstances and where a claimant lives.

*Help to start saving.

The government’s Help to Save scheme offers people who receive Universal Credit, and some people entitled to Working Tax Credit, incentives to save anything from £1 up to £50 per month. After two years of saving, the government will give you an extra 50p for every £1 you have saved.