Author: Age NI
Published on 12 August 2013 10:00 AM
Age NI is urging people aged over 50 who are confused about the new Universal Credit benefit and how it may affect them to contact the Age NI Advice Service on freephone 0808 808 7575.
Jacqui Corscadden, Head of Services at Age NI, said, ‘Universal Credit is expected to be introduced this Autumn as a result of the Welfare Bill in Northern Ireland. For new claimants, if one person is of working age, a couple will have to claim the new Universal Credit. Existing claims will remain the same. However, the confusion around this new benefit has prompted many calls to the Age NI Advice Service from couples who fear their benefit entitlements will be affected leaving them considerably worse off.’
Jacqui continued, ‘We’d like to stress that, at the moment, any couples currently receiving Pension Credit will continue to do so. However, we would urge everyone to check if they are entitled to Pension Credit as soon as possible before these changes are due to take place in October. We’ve also received calls from people receiving help with rent who are anxious about proposed changes to housing benefit.’
Anyone concerned about the impact of Universal Credit and how it might affect them, or changes to other benefits, should call the Age NI Advice Service on freephone 0808 808 7575 and speak to a trained advisor in confidence.