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:
The CAS trained advisers can help you to:
-Set-up your Universal Credit account
-Complete your claim to-dos
-Verify your identity
-Make sure you're providing the right evidence to the Jobcentre
-Understand what Universal Credit will mean for you
If you're not sure what help you need just get in touch and they'll work out what support you need.
Visit CAS at: 5a Waterloo Place, Sunderland, SR1 3HT
Call: Freephone 0800 144 8 444 (England) or 08000 241 220 (Wales)
You can find more information on Universal Credit on the Citizens Advice Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
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.