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xyvonne82x
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Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:20 pm 
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hey ladies x i haved just joined asin 5 mins ago, i am mom to noni-jean who is 17months old going on 7 , love her dearly tho xx I was wandering if anyone knows about this universal credit thats coming in this year. I am on income suppot, child benefit and child tax credits and don't know where my income is going to be at? Question
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Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:31 pm 
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I think if you are already getting benefits the universal credit is being phased in. Its only for new claimants at the moment. Or so I understand.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/policy/welfare-reform/universal-credit/

From here it says new claims from October, and existing claims to be phased out by 2017.
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Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:02 am 
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This is the first I''ve heard about these changes! Shocked do you know if it will affect how much money you receive or does it just mean that it''ll be the same amount but put into one payment? The website doesn't explain very well.
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Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:03 am 
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jennaxhx wrote:
This is the first I''ve heard about these changes! Shocked do you know if it will affect how much money you receive or does it just mean that it''ll be the same amount but put into one payment? The website doesn't explain very well.


From what I read if your new entitlement is less then what you were getting they will keep you to your old payments.

But it says that people should be better off, but there is nothing that explains how it is worked out.

I think its going to be a big mess.
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Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:40 pm 
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For those in council/Housing Association accommodation there will also be bedroom tax (if you didn't already know). If you are underoccupied according to the government definition you will need to pay so much per each spare bedroom. If you don't pay it, the same rules apply as if you were in rent arrears.
This is for the people who receive ahy type of housing benefit. xx
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