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Put your rent first this festive season

Posted on 29 November 2017

Many of us feel under pressure to spend too much money at Christmas, from buying expensive presents and toys, to decorations and food. It’s only natural that you want to make your Christmas special but please remember that having a roof over your head is more important than any gift.

We want to make sure that all our residents have an enjoyable Christmas but paying your rent must remain a priority.

Follow these simple steps:

  • Prioritise your bills – anything to do with keeping a roof over your head is a priority bill, this includes your rent, Council Tax and utility bills
  • Know your budget - it's easy to let spending get out of control if you don't keep an eye on it. Know your budget and monitor your spending. Visit our budgeting tools and guidance page for more information
  • Get help – we have a dedicated team of Income Officers and Welfare Advisers on hand to provide you with support and advice. Please speak to us straight away. The sooner we know about an issue, the sooner we can help.

Managing Universal Credit payments when you work

At Christmas employers often pay salaries early, which could lead to some residents receiving more money than usual in their monthly assessment period. This could either reduce your Universal Credit payments or cause them to stop. If this happens you may need to reclaim or ask your employer not to pay you early.

To help manage your budget each month, it’s a good idea to use our benefit calculator (Better Off Hyde) to see how much Universal Credit you will be paid. Please remember that the calculation is based on all the payments received from your employer in the monthly assessment period.

Remember, the best present at Christmas is peace of mind – put your rent first.