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Universal Credit - Are you ready?

Universal Credit is rolling out and Boston Borough Council is working with its partners to ensure local residents are informed.

This change to the benefits system has been brought in by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and first to be affected will be those making new claims. New claimants of benefits for those of working age, such as housing benefit, income support, income-based job seekers' allowance, income-based employment support allowance, child tax credits and working tax credits, will now receive Universal Credit payment.

If you wish to make a claim in relation to paying your rent or for financial support you need to make a claim for Universal Credit. You can do this by contacting Boston Borough Council, which can provide assistance, or alternatively you can apply online at https://-universal-credit

Residents who were in receipt of one or more of the listed benefits prior to September 12, 2018, will transfer to Universal Credit from 2019. As these changes come into force the council will be working closely with the DWP, Citizens Advice Bureau and Lincolnshire Housing Partnership (LHP) to help residents to prepare.

Cllr Aaron Spencer, Portfolio holder for Finance, said: "Universal Credit marks a significant change for our local residents. I am pleased that all organisations involved are working together to help those affected in the borough prepare for the changes.

"Whether you need information on eligibility or require any support completing your claim, there is help available through Boston Borough Council and our partners."

For further information and any updates on Universal Credit please visit www.boston.gov.uk/universal