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People on Universal Credit may face a penalty or court for not reporting any of these 16 changes

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The latest statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show at the end of January 2024 there were 6.4 million people claiming Universal Credit.

That figure includes 2.4m people in employment and represents 38 per cent of all people claiming the income-related benefit.

The benefit is usually paid monthly, but can be paid fortnightly for some people living in Scotland. However, many claimants may not be aware certain changes in circumstances must be reported to the DWP or it could impact their entitlement or payments and in some cases, lead to a penalty fine or even a court appearance.

Changes that need to be reported include getting a new mobile number or email address, switching to a different bank account, moving address and your rent going up or down.

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