About Universal Credit

Information about Universal Credit (UC) "Full Service" (FSUC)

Full Service Universal Credit (UC) is to be rolled out across the whole of the Perth & Kinross area from 13th June 2018. If you are making a new claim for benefit (including help to cover rent or mortgage costs) or if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits and you have a change in circumstances then you will have to make an application for Universal Credit. However, there are exceptions to this are if you are living in supported accommodation or you qualify for the Severe disability premium.

There are some situations where Universal Credit does not apply, these are as follows:

  • If you're single or joint claim for benefit includes a Severe disability premium or you were entitled to a benefit with that premium within the last month.
  • If Tax Credits is the only benefit that you are entitled to and you have a change of circumstances then you should notify HMRC and not make a claim for Universal Credit.  HMRC can be notified online or by phoning 0345 300 3900.

How is Universal Credit made up?

Universal Credit will be made up of a standard allowance plus five extra elements for:

  1. Children including an extra amount for any disabled child or children you have
  2. Childcare costs
  3. Being a carer
  4. Being found to have limited capability for work
  5. Housing costs

The table below details the areas across Perth & Kinross where FSUC is available prior to 13th June 2018.

Date of FSUC rolloutPostcodesTowns & villages
June 2017

FK14 7, FK15 0, FK15 9, FK19 8 or FK21 8

Braco, Greenloaning, and Powmill
8th November 2017DD2 5Longforgan and Invergowrie
6th December 2017

KY13 3, KY13 8, KY13 9, KY4 0, KY5 0 or KY6 3

Auchmuir Bridge, Blairadam, Gairney Bank, Gairneybridge, Glenfarg, Glenlomond, Keltybridge, Kinnesswood, Kinross, Maryburgh, Milnathort, Rumbling Bridge, Scotlandwell

All other benefits will continue to exist. Please note that Universal Credit does not help towards Council Tax costs. If you are claiming Universal Credit and are liable for Council Tax, you may qualify for Council Tax Reduction.  

You may also qualify for a Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) to assist with any shortfall in your rent not met by Universal Credit.

Further information

The Money Advice Service have information on their website about Universal Credit.

Citizens Advice Scotland also have information on their website.

Contact details

Welfare Rights Team

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476900 (Option 1)