Help at hand for Wellingborough residents claiming Universal Credit

Housing provider Wellingborough Homes has teamed up with the Northamptonshire Credit Union to support customers with the introduction of the new Universal Credit system and other benefit changes being implemented by the Department of Work and Pensions
Housing provider Wellingborough Homes has teamed up with the Northamptonshire Credit Union to support customers with the introduction of the new Universal Credit system and other benefit changes being implemented by the Department of Work and Pensions

A housing association and a credit union have teamed up to help people who are now receiving Universal Credit.

Recently Wellingborough residents who are single and under 65 who are out of work and making a new claim for benefits became eligible to apply for Universal Credit.

Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work, which merges together some of benefits and tax credits.

It replaces the income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Universal Credit, which sees residents given a single monthly payment into a bank account, will be rolled out to other benefit claimants over the coming year with the aim that all benefit claimants on the new system by 2017.

To apply you need a bank account and must make an online claim, so Wellingborough Homes has teamed up with the Northamptonshire Credit Union to ensure eligible customers can receive their payment and set up arrangements to pay their rent.

The partnership with Northamptonshire Credit Union will see all front-line Wellingborough Homes staff trained on what the credit union can offer in order for them to be able to advise residents.

Wellingborough Homes will also be running training events for tenants and some of those trained will be recruited as volunteers to promote the initiative.