Universal Credit (UC) claims are made online. Don't delay in making your claim - you may lose money and it takes around 5 weeks to receive your first payment
Have all the information ready to make your claim, including:
If you need help to make an on line claim contact the UC helpline for free on 0800 328 5644(Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm). They can:
If you need help after you have claimed and are waiting for your UC payment you can apply online for an advance Payment or ask your Work Coach or the UC helpline.
Council Tax Support - you have to make a separate claim to the council if you need help to pay your Council Tax and you rent or own your property.
Free school meals - many low paid families in work as well as those out of work will still qualify . You can normally earn up to £7400 per year (after tax and not including any benefits you get) before your free school meals would be affected.
Find information on your local services through Sunderland Information Point.