Universal Credit benefits roll into East Dunbartonshire

Universal Credit, a new benefit administered by the Department for Work and Pensions, is being rolled out in East Dunbartonshire in December.

The new benefit is for people of working age who are out of work or are in work and receiving a low income.

Not everyone will be put on Universal Credit at the same time. First to receive it will be working-aged single people who approach the Job Centre as new claimants and who would otherwise have been eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance, including those with existing Housing Benefit and Working Tax Credit claims

Claims will be made on-line and payments will normally be made monthly to one person in the household, directly in to a bank or building society account.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie explained: “As with all aspects of Welfare Reform introduced in recent years, we continue to work with local partners, including Citizens’ Advice Bureau and local Registered Social Landlords.

“It will only be very small numbers of residents who will meet the qualifying criteria when Universal Credit is rolled out in East Dunbartonshire on December 14. The Job Centre will inform customers as to whether they fall within the criteria.”

For more information about Universal Credit and how you might be affected, contact your local Jobcentre office. Kirkintilloch Jobcentre Plus can be contacted on 0345 604 3719.

Information regarding Universal Credit can also be found on the Council’s website www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk and the Department for Work and Pensions also has a Universal Credit website page https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit and a Universal Credit helpline on 0345 600 0723.

Independent advice and information on all aspects of Welfare Reform can be obtained locally from East Dunbartonshire Citizens’ Advice Bureau by telephoning 0141 775 3220.