Hello and welcome to September's UC blog! In this edition, I'd like to answer a question that many UC claimants ask: when should I report a change of circumstances?
In a nutshell, a 'change of circumstances' refers to when your living situation changes in a way that it may affect the amount of Universal Credit you're entitled to each month. This can include things like you moving in with a partner or beginning a new job. If these changes occur, you must inform the DWP as soon as you can.
Below, I've put together a list, explaining the changes that could impact your Universal Credit payments and should be reported to the DWP:
If you experience any of these changes, then you should contact the DWP as soon as you can, either through your online journal or by calling the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 9344. Failing to report a change could result in a Universal Credit over payment, which you'll have to pay back, or your claim could be suspended, so it is vital you report a change as soon as possible.
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I hope this blog has given you a good idea of what changes could impact your Universal Credit claim. If you would like more advice on reporting a change in your circumstances, or anything else regarding Universal Credit, do not hesitate to call or make an appointment. You can click here to contact me, call 0161 448 4200 or message me on Facebook. You can also pop into Southway's office and ask to make an appointment.