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Universal Credit was rolled out in Stockton-On-Tees  on the 11th July 2018.  In response to this a Universal Credit Corporate Working Groups has been established to help support residents and ensure a response to any issues arising.  As a result a website has been set up and a Universal Credit support leaflet developed.

Universal Credit gives those affected one household payment. In a situation where there may domestic abuse issues there can be a need at times to consider Alternative Payment Arrangements.  If Universal Credit is claimed as a couple and because of fear of domestic violence and abuse a person wishes to manage their own money, they can apply for an Alternative Payment Arrangement.

Universal Credit payments will be split into 2 bank accounts instead of one. There is also possibility to allocate a higher percentage to the person with primary caring responsibilities. This will be done to ensure the health and well-being of the majority of the household.  Alternative Payment Arrangements can be considered at any point during the Universal Credit claim.

More information on Universal Credit at the following website.