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Universal Credit

1. Universal Credit in South Ayrshire

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is extending Universal Credit in some parts of South Ayrshire.

Until 31 December 2017 Universal Credit applies only to working age single people who make a new claim for Jobseeker’s Allowance who stayed in South Ayrshire.

From 25 October 2017, if you live in some parts of postcode areas starting with KA2 9 or KA5 5 and are of working age, Universal Credit will replace six benefits and tax credits with a single monthly payment.

This applies if you live in these areas and make a new claim or your circumstances change for. Claims must be made directly to the DWP.

  • Child Tax Credits
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit

Check if you live in an extended Universal Credit area

If you stay in any other postcode area between 1 January 2018 and 6 February 2018 you should not make a new claim for Universal Credit but should check to see if you are entitled to one of these benefits instead.

  • Child Tax Credits
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit

For enquiries about Housing Benefit you should contact the council’s Benefit Service. Advice about how to claim the other benefits in the list are available from GOV.UK.

Please note that this only applies if you are not currently getting Universal Credit. If you are you should make any enquiries directly to the DWP.

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