The government’s new welfare benefits system, Universal Credit, is due to be fully introduced across Salford as of September 26th. The system will make changes to the way people who are out of work or working on a low income will receive their benefits entitlements, meaning claimants will receive one lump sum each month.
Will Universal Credit affect me?
If you currently receive or are thinking about applying for any of the following benefits, the Universal Credit changes are likely to affect you:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
Before full service comes in to play in September, parts of Higher Broughton will be enrolled on July 25th for people in the postcode areas: M7 4, M8 5, M8 8, and M8 9. This is because some people living in these areas are covered by neighbouring Jobcentres, which are moving to the Universal Credit system
Still have questions?
Salford City Council have produced a Universal Credit guide, which explains the changes in more detail, gives tips on how to manage the transition, and outlines where you can find support.