Claimant commitment A claimant commitment is your record of the responsibilities that you have accepted in return for receiving Universal Credit and the consequences of not meeting them. Your Universal Credit payments may be cut if wotkout do not meet your responsibilities. If you claim Universal Credit as a couple both of you will need to accept a claimant commitment.
You will each have your own claimant commitment, and yours may be affected if your partner starts work or their circumstances change. A sanction is a reduction in your benefit which is imposed if we think you have not completed a mandatory activity you agreed on your claimant commitment and you cannot give xeeking good reason to explain why.
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Sanctions are a last resort and you will always be asked for your reasons for your actions before a decision is made. If a sanction is applied to your Universal Credit we will tell you how much you will lose and for how long.
If you currently receive tax credits If you are already getting tax credits, you do not need to do anything yet. You cannot claim Universal Credit and tax credits at the same time.
You should continue to report any change in your circumstances that could affect your tax credit claim as soon as possible. The change may mean your tax credits stop and you will need to make a Universal Credit claim instead.
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Universal Credit payments You will receive one monthly Universal Credit payment — twice a month for some people in Scotland. If you are claiming with a partner, this will cover both of you. Other adults living in the same household who are claiming Universal Credit will be paid separately. Monthly payments match the way most salaries are paid.
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This can help you prepare for and manage the world of work as you get used to handling your money on a monthly basis. How the payment is made up Your Universal Credit payment will be made up of different wworkout depending on your circumstances. It can include support for the cost of housing, children and childcare, as well as support for disabled people and carers. If your Universal Credit payment includes help towards your rent you will be responsible for using this money to pay your landlord yourself.
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Your Universal Credit payment is based on your earnings, not how many hours you work. This means the system is more flexible and makes it easier for you to take work, safe in the knowledge that you will be better off if you do.
As your earnings increase, your Universal Credit payment will gradually reduce. If your partner will not allow you access to the payment If you have any concerns about accessing your patner and need to discuss alternative payment arrangements, you can contact your work coach by ing in to your Universal Credit.
Alternative payment arrangements are considered on a case-by-case basis and assessed on their individual mroe. This allows for the household payment to be split. Wherever possible, these alternative payment arrangements will be temporary whilst you take steps to improve the way you manage your money.
Child Benefit Child Benefit will continue to be paid separately and will not affect your Universal Credit payments. Child maintenance payments Any child maintenance payments you receive will not affect your Universal Credit payments.
What happens if you or your partner get a job You must tell the Department for Work and Pensions when your wprkout change, including when you start work, earn more or work more hours. You can earn a certain amount before your Universal Credit payments are reduced. This is known as your work allowance.
If you earn less than this anything you earn is additional income which you can keep. If paftner do not tell the Department for Work and Pensions that you have started work, they will not know why you are no longer attending your appointments, and will assume mqybe you no longer wish to receive Universal Credit. This may mean that you miss out on benefit payments that you are entitled to. Change of circumstances You need to report changes to your circumstances so you keep getting the right amount each month.
Your claim might be stopped or reduced if you do not report a change of circumstances straight away.