How universal credit is paid in Scotland

How universal credit is paid in Scotland

As part of Scottish Government ‘Flexibilities‘ you can choose to have universal credit paid once or twice a month. You can also choose to have help with rent from universal credit paid directly your landlord rather than yourself.

You will be offered the choice through your universal credit online account following your first payment.

Twice monthly payments

If you choose to have universal credit paid twice a month you will get the same monthly amount of universal credit but divided into 2 payments instead of one. DWP will let you know when the payments are due.

Housing costs direct to landlords

If you would like the help you get from universal credit to pay rent paid direct to your landlord you can request this on your universal credit online account. DWP will contact your landlord to arrange this.

If the help you get with rent from universal credit is less than your full rent you must continue paying the difference to your landlord yourself.

The DWP will leave a message in your online journal to let you know that this has been set up. It is important that you keep paying your rent until you have confirmation of this from the DWP

For more information see Universal Credit (Scottish choices)

Call the Lone Parent Helpline on 0808 801 0323 for more information, or see the Universal Credit advice guide.

Back to our list of universal credit updates.

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