Universal Credit Scottish Choices
Scottish Government Choices
As part of the new social security powers in Scotland, you now have a choice on how you are paid universal credit. It can be paid twice a month or monthly, and the housing element can be paid directly to you or your landlord. You will be offered the new choice through your universal credit online account following your first payment.
Twice monthly payments
If you choose to be paid twice monthly you don’t need to do anything. The DWP will process your request. You will be advised by the DWP online when your first half payment is due. The monthly payment will now be split and paid twice a month. You will get the same amount of money over the month; it will just be in 2 payments instead on one.
Housing costs direct to landlords
If you decide to get your housing costs paid direct to your landlord you don’t need to do anything The DWP will contact your landlord to arrange to pay them directly.
If the housing cost element in your Universal Credit award is less than your full rent, then 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
See more details of the Scottish Government flexibilities: Universal Credit flexibilities for Scotland PDF and Further information on universal credit choices PDF
See Scottish Government Universal Credit (Scottish choices)
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