The secret way of changing your Universal Credit payments if you’re struggling

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Can’t manage on a monthly payment? Here’s what you need to do:

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There’s no doubt that Universal Credit has caused problems for many claimants.

War veterans have been left suicidal, students have been left hundreds of pounds a month worse off and landlords are refusing to let homes to people on the new benefit because they think they won’t be able to pay their rent.

And even the staff administering the Government’s new welfare system say it isn’t working . Amber Rudd, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has admitted Universal Credit has sparked a huge rise in food bank use .

Some of the trouble with the benefit stems from the fact that Universal Credit is a single monthly payment that includes housing costs so the claimant pays their rent directly.

Claimants also need to be aware the first payment doesn’t come through until five weeks after a…

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