If you are on Universal Credit (UC) and also receive a wage for a job, did you know that your payment for December may be different to what you may be expecting?
Citizens Advice Knowsley is running a campaign to let people know what might be different and why – so that you aren’t caught out by unexpected changes.
Why might my Universal Credit payment change in December?
The changes may affect you if you work and receive a salary as well as a Universal Credit payment.
Many employers choose to process wages early in December. This is because of the high number of bank holidays in December and to ensure that staff are paid in time before Christmas.
This means that some people who are claiming Universal Credit will be paid twice in one assessment period.
If you are paid twice during your assessment period you may not get a Universal Credit payment for this month.
How can I find out more about how I will be affected?
The Citizens Advice Knowsley website has a useful guide to explain how the changes to payments could impact on you.
It’s important that if you are claiming Universal Credit, you understand the implications in order for you to budget appropriately.