Universal Credit Advice
Universal Credit is run by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) and replaces a number of benefits and credits.
More information on Universal Credit is here. You can also ask your Job Centre Work Coach or visit www.gov.uk/universal-credit
Universal Credit helps if you are on a low wage by topping up your earnings. If your earnings change, your Universal Credit top up will change automatically to help ensure you are better off in work.
Many people will remain on their existing benefits for now unless their circumstances change. Job Centre Work Coaches will contact people in advance of the changeover to UC.
DWP has developed a Landlord Communication Campaign including top tips for private landlords and details of how to apply for a managed payment to landlord. Further details can be found on the Understanding Universal Credit Website - www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/landlords
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We are aware that there is a lack of understanding of Universal Credit amongst Private Landlords, this was confirmed at the National Landlord Conference in Edinburgh late last year. Of particular concern is the fact that landlords may not be aware that they can apply for a direct payment of housing costs which could protect the tenancy of vulnerable people.
DWP has developed a Landlord Communication Campaign including top tips for private landlords and details of how to apply for a managed payment to landlord. The new products will be housed on then Understanding Universal Credit Website and we would seek the help of Local Authorities to send the link out to Private Landlords.