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Universal Credit

Who does it affect?

It will only affect a few people at first as this was being rolled out across the country in stages.

From 28 March 2016 single jobseekers in the Fareham borough who are making a new claim for Job seekers Allowance, were required to apply for Universal Credit. This would happen if:

However, recent changes to Universal Credit, as announced by the Chancellor on 22 November 2017, mean that the rollout of Universal Credit has been halted and from December 2017 until November 2018, you will need to claim Housing Benefit from Fareham Council instead of claiming Universal Credit.

Jobcentre staff will tell you whether or not you should apply for Universal Credit.

There is information on the GOV website External Hyperlink so you can check to see if you need to claim Universal Credit.

Once you are on Universal Credit, you will normally remain on this even if you have a change in your circumstances such as a partner moving in to live with you.  However, if you are living in temporary accommodation, you may be required to claim Housing Benefit and receive with your rent from Fareham Council, the Jobcentre will advise you what happens to your Universal Credit should you have a change in your circumstances or you are living in temporary accommodation.



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