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.