Universal Credit is a new benefit being introduced by the government and is currently being rolled out across the country. It replaces six means tested benefits and is designed to help people who are unemployed or on a low income. It affects people of working age.
We are currently in the live/gateway service for Universal Credit which means that there are a limited number of people who are currently eligible to claim Universal Credit in our area. From November 2017 some postcode areas of North East Derbyshire will move onto the full service for Universal Credit. From 2018 all the North East Derbyshire area will move onto the full service.
If you are currently claiming universal credit or think this may affect you in the future then you need to start preparing for the full service rollout. Universal Credit is a fully digital service - this means that you have to claim online and your claim thereafter is managed online. As a part of your Universal Credit claim you must have access to an email account as you will receive all of your claim correspondence through email.
You will need to have a transactional bank account / Building Society account / Credit Union account to receive your Universal Credit payments. Your Universal Credit will be paid monthly in arrears; this means you will need to start to plan to budget monthly.
Find out what Universal Credit Service is Available in Your Postcode Area by clicking on the following link https://universalcreditinfo.net/.
Further information is available on the Governments website.
Welcome to our interactive service for Council Tax, Business Rates and Benefits - Billing and Benefits NETime.
Sign into Billing and Benefits NETime - if you've already registered for the service, you can also register if not.
Through this service you can:
If you are unhappy with the decision made regarding your benefit, there are several options available to you.
Do you think our decision is wrong?
As soon as you get our decision letter you should check its content. If you think we have made a mistake. You can ask for more information.
If you think that we have made a mistake you can request the following:
That we look at our decision again, or that we pass your case to an independent tribunal that is run by the Tribunals Service, by appealing against the decision.
If you want us to look at our decision again, or if you want to appeal, you must write and tell us why you think our decision is wrong within one calendar month of the date of the letter notifying you of the decision.
We will check your claim thoroughly and take account of any more information you have provided with your written request. It may also mean that we have to contact you for further information.
We could then:
- Change our decision and pay you more benefit;
- Change our decision and pay you less benefit; or
- Decide the decision is already correct and therefore make no changes.
In any of the above cases we will write to you to let you know what we have decided and the reasons for the decision.
If you have asked us to look at your case again, and you are still not happy with our decision, you can still appeal. Your case will then be referred to the Tribunals Service. You must do this in writing, within one calendar month of the date of our decision letter. If you appealed we will pass your case to the Tribunals Service. We will do this if we have not changed our decision or if we have changed our decision and we are now paying you less benefit.
If your appeal is late, and we do not accept your reasons for the delay, your case will still be passed to the Tribunals Service for consideration.
The Tribunals Service
If we are unable to alter our decision we will prepare your case for an Independent Tribunal and tell you if you need to do anything further.
These are administered by the HM Courts and Tribunal Service. We will send both you and the HM Courts and Tribunals Service a copy of our response. You can choose an oral or paper based hearing. The tribunal will then make a decision on your appeal.
If you move house or any details change which may affect your Council Tax liability, you are required by law to notify us.
You must notify us of any of the following changes:
- Have you moved house?
- Do you qualify for a discount disregard?
- Has someone passed away?
- Do you live alone?
- Has someone moved in with you?
- Any other changes? e.g. Change of Name, Change in method of payment.
Please fill in the Change of Circumstances (92KB) form if any of the changes affect you