If you recently enrolled with Universal Credit, you may have been asked to make an applicant commitment to release your performance money.
The amount you will receive is a standard grant with additional funds if you are eligible in certain circumstances.
How much money you get from your entitlement depends on whether you live alone or as a couple, as the benefit takes into account your household situation.
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What is a claimant commitment and how does it affect my performance benefit?
Before you receive your universal loan money, you will be asked to make a statement of entitlement with your work coach. Essentially, this is an agreement that sets out a number of terms of what you need to do in order to receive your money.
The claimant’s commitment may include the creation of a résumé and its distribution to employers as well as participation in training courses. If you live with a partner in your household, you must both make a declaration of entitlement.
What you and your partner need to do depends on your income and circumstances. For example, if you are looking after a child, are currently employed or have an illness.
When you look after a child, what you agree with your work coach changes with the age of the young person. If they are under the age of 1, there is no need to look for a job. When they are 1 years old, you do not have to look for a job, but receive appointments by telephone to find out about future vacancies. By the time they are 2 years old, you need to do all of the above plus expanded job opportunities. If your child is 3 or 4 years old, you will have to work or look for a job up to 16 hours a week during this time. This amounts to 25 hours for a child between 5 and 12 years of age and 35 hours for adolescents from 13 years of age.
Different circumstances are described for those people who do not care for a child but have agreed other things in their applicant obligation, such as caring for a sick or disabled person or a person who is currently working without children.
If none of the above points apply to you, your work coach in the job center expects you to spend a considerable amount of time looking for a job, ie approx. 35 hours per week.
However, do notify them of any changes in your circumstances that may arise as this may affect your arrangements as a claimant.
Failure to do this and not tell your work coach can result in sanctioning you as a result. If you are sanctioned, your benefit payments will stop. You can get a discounted payment or nothing at all if sanctioned.
Around 6 million people are using universal credit and many may have lost money as a result. Make sure to report any changes to avoid this.