Benefit Entitlement Changes

Some students, particularly lone parents, may be considering making an application for Jobseekers Allowance or requesting a change to their existing benefit entitlement during the long summer vacation.

We need to make you aware that the new DWP benefit system called Universal Credit now covers much of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, and as such any change in any existing benefit arrangement may trigger a reassessment, bringing students under the new rules. 

Our advice to students is – please seek advice before you initiate any changes to your benefits as it is likely this will have a negative impact on your entitlement.

Unfortunately these changes are inevitable as the new scheme is rolled out, but the Students' Union Advice Centre is here to help students with this, so please contact us for more information.

We are open throughout the summer from 11am-3pm Drop in with Appointments available from 3pm onwards these can be booked at