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    • JJ2k1981
    • By JJ2k1981 12th Oct 17, 11:25 AM
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    Universal credits querie
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    Universal credits querie 12th Oct 17 at 11:25 AM
    Hi, I've been on universal credits for about 4 months now but when the switch went from Jsa and housing benefits it put me into arrears with my council. I get the standard rate of universal credits for housing but because of the increase of the rent by an extra 70 a month its leaving me a bit short with money. Just wondering how to go about the situation. Thanks for reading
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    • By pmlindyloo 12th Oct 17, 11:42 AM
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    Did the arrears come about because of the switch to UC (not sure how that happened as UC is backdated) or because of the increase in the rent?
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    • By pmlindyloo 12th Oct 17, 11:44 AM
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    In any case you could apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment is there is a good reason for not being able to pay it.

    https://www.turn2us.org.uk/Benefit-guides/Discretionary-Housing-Payment/What-is-a-Discretionary-Housing-Payment

    Why has your rent increased? Due to a non dependent deduction?
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    • By JJ2k1981 12th Oct 17, 12:05 PM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 12:05 PM
    Yes it happened while I was on the switch over. To be honest the universal credits has flipped me upside down financially. I think it was also because they paid to much housing benefit and have also deducted that from my claim. I did go self employed for a total of one month which also threw a spanner in the works. Thanks for the reply.
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