Information for Ukrainian guests: finances, benefits and food support
Finance, benefits and food support information for Ukrainian guests staying in Uttlesford.
Finances and benefits
Ukrainian nationals can claim benefits as soon as they arrive in the UK.
If you're a Ukrainian living in Uttlesford and need more advice about benefits, please contact our Benefits Team.
Under state pension age (under 66 years old)
Universal Credit is a monthly payment to help with living costs for people on a low income under state pension age. It can also help with the cost of renting a property.
More information about Univesal Credit.
Apply for Universal Credit on GOV.UK
If you have questions about how Universal Credit works you can speak to Universal Credit Full Service, Telephone: 0800 328 5644. You can also speak to Citizens Advice Help to claim, Telephone: 0800 144 8444. The government has information including how to claim and how you're paid Universal Credit.
Retirement age (66 or over)
If you're retirement age (66 or over) you may be eligible for:
- Housing Benefit for help with rent
- Pension Credit
- Attendance Allowance
Setting up a bank account
To receive Universal Credit and other benefits, you will need to open a bank account.
You can get advice on issues including benefits, employment, immigration, debt and legal advice from Citizens Advice . They also offer a help to claim scheme that can support people to apply for benefits.
Food banks can provide you with free food and other essential items. Uttlesford Foodbank provides emergency food and care parcels to individuals and families during times of crisis. We operate out of our warehouse in Saffron Walden and have collection points for clients in Saffron Walden, Stansted, Dunmow, Thaxted.
Get a foodbank referral
You will need to be referred to the foodbank.
You can contact Uttlesford Citizens Advice on 01799 618840 and leave a message so they can call you back, or you can email them (can sometimes be quicker).
If you call or email Uttlesford foodbank who can talk through your situation and put you in touch with a relevant local agency.