Universal Credit was introduced into Cambridge at the end of February for new single Jobseeker's Allowance claimants. We are helping people to budget on the new benefit by taking referrals for people based in Cambridge City or South Cambridgshire. You can also come and visit us directly (self-refer). 

Under Universal Credit people will be paid money for different bills under one monhtly sum. This goes to one household member. Currently, people get different benefits at different times, and different people in a household can claim them. Universal Credit is going to signify a big adjustment for some households to manage their money then. 

Additonally, you will have to wait at least 42 days before recieiving Universal Credit after you have made a claim. We want to help people to budget during this time and avoid getting into significant debt. 

For more information on Universal Credit go to the Citizens Advice website.

For online information on managing your money go to our advice topic page