Surrey Heath is now a full service area for Universal Credit. All applications need to be made online and Citizens Advice can offer support with:
A recent analysis by the DWP found that millions of people are failing to claim benefits they are entitled to, leaving nearly £13 billion pounds a year unclaimed. Could this include you?
The poor take-up rate could be influenced by the stigma many people feel about taking welfare benefits.
You are likely to be switched to Universal Credit by 2022 if you or your partner already receive one of the following benefits.
– Child Tax Credits
– Working Tax Credits
– Housing Benefit
– Income Support
– Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
A popular query on the national Citizens Advice website is what help is available if you’re on a low income. If you’re of working age but not earning enough to get by, here are some options.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction
Both of these benefits are provided by Surrey Heath Borough Council.
Over 2 million people if the UK have a Blue Badge. You may be entitled to one too if you’re disabled or have a health condition that affects your mobility, or if you care for a child with a health condition.
As well as free parking in the UK, a Blue Badge also exempts you from London congestion charging and it is recognised in all European countries.
The new round of government welfare reforms which started in November will freeze most working age social security benefits, lower the existing benefit caps and remove some disability benefits. Here’s a quick guide to what’s happening and who will be affected.
The lowered benefit cap
The maximum total of benefits for a family with children has been reduced from £23,000 to £20,000 (£13,400 for single claimants without children).
The long-awaited Universal Credit benefit system will be introduced in Surrey Heath on 29th February.
The existing messy welfare system involves lots of different working age benefit payments made at different times. It can often result in a situation where someone can be better off working fewer hours or even not working at all.
Hello, is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone home?
Come on, now, I hear you’re feeling down.
Well I can ease your pain
And get you on your feet again.
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ARE YOU OF WORKING AGE AND IN NEED OF HELP WITH DAILY LIVING OR MOBILITY? YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENT (PIP)
PIP is a new benefit for people who need help participating in everyday life or who find it difficult to get around.