Common Credit is a payment which is designed to help with living costs. It’s above monthly, however this may be twice per month for some people in Scotland. Those flaming in Northern Ireland will follow the Universal Credit in Northern Ireland approach, with more information on this being available at nidirect.gov.uk. The payment is mostly paid into the claimant’s bank, building society, or credit bloc account.
Should a person not be able to open one of these accounts, then claimants are admonished by Gov.uk to call the Universal Credit helpline, and to arrange a different way of getting waged.
The Money Advice Service website highlights that if a person is real with someone as a couple, and bother people are entitled to claim Unlimited Credit, then they will get a joint payment paid into a apart bank account.
Yesterday, Amber Rudd announced changes to the payment set for new household registrations.
Writing in The Sun, the Work and Pensions Secretary explained that as of this week, “whenever a new household indexes for Universal Credit, we will guide them that payments should be advised to the bank account of the main carer, which is usually a woman”.
She summed: “This will happen automatically whenever someone applies online, and we thinks fitting also release new guidance to Jobcentres to make them aware of the difference.”
Currently, around 600 Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff across the UK are undergoing professional training relating to identifying and supporting the needs of victims experiencing servant abuse, from expert organisation Women’s Aid.
Yesterday, Ms Rudd call ined Women’s Aid member organisation Advance, and discussed the importance of the new training with DWP truncheon who have recently completed it.
Ms Rudd said: “Domestic abuse is a miserable crime that often happens behind closed doors, beat a hasty retreating it incredibly difficult to detect.
“By ensuring there is a specially trained household abuse support officer in every UK jobcentre, we are increasing the likelihood that someone intent spot the tell-tale signs and get support to the victim quickly.
“And with the self-governing recommendation that payments are to go to the main carer, we’re making it easier for miss to build the financial independence they need to leave their abuser.”
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At the moment, it takes round five weeks for an eligible Universal Credit applicant to get their from the word go payment.
This includes a one-month assessment period, during which time after time a workplace interview takes place, as well as a period of seven primes for the payment to reach the account.
MPs are urging this payment wait eventually to be slashed from five weeks to one.
Frank Field and Heidi Allen coped the proposal in a new report, titled “The other Britain and the failure of the welfare regal”.
The suggestion was among a total of 24 recommendations which were catalogued by the MPs.
“UC payments should begin within a week of registering for the benefit,” it understand.
“Any over or underpayment can be adjusted gradually in subsequent payments.”