Amber Rudd announced new guidance for payments to households this week - what ...

Universal Credit is a payment which is designed to help with living costs. It’s paid monthly, however this may be twice per month for some people in Scotland. Those living in Northern Ireland will follow the Universal Credit in Northern Ireland system, with more information on this being available at nidirect.gov.uk. The payment is usually paid into the claimant’s bank, building society, or credit union account.

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This will happen automatically whenever someone applies online, and we will also release new guidance to Jobcentres to make them aware of the change

Amber Rudd, Work and Pensions Secretary

Should a person not be able to open one of these accounts, then claimants are advised by Gov.uk to call the Universal Credit helpline, and to arrange a different way of getting paid.

The Money Advice Service website highlights that if a person is living with someone as a couple, and bother people are entitled to claim Universal Credit, then they will get a joint payment paid into a single bank account.

Yesterday, Amber Rudd announced changes to the payment system for new household registrations.

Writing in The Sun, the Work and Pensions Secretary explained that as of this week, “whenever a new household registers for Universal Credit, we will guide them that payments should be directed to the bank account of the main carer, which is usually a woman”.

She added: “This will happen automatically whenever someone applies online, and we will also release new guidance to Jobcentres to make them aware of the change.”

Currently, around 600 Department for Work and

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