Universal Credit is a new benefit introduced by the government.
So, what is it?
Universal Credit brings many working age benefits into one single monthly payment for people in or out of work.
It replaces some benefits and tax credits including:
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
If you get help with your rent, this will be included in your monthly Universal Credit payment – you will then need to pay us directly.
If you live with someone as a couple and you are both entitled to Universal Credit, you will get one joint monthly payment paid into one bank account.
Universal Credit is mainly managed online. Claims are made online and you can check your payments and updates through your online account.
How much is it?
Universal Credit is a standard allowance for your household plus any elements for your family circumstances if applicable, including:
- childcare costs
- responsibility for children or young people
- disabled children
- an ill or disabled adult
- being a carer.
If you or someone in your household has other earnings and/or savings this will be taken into account when your Universal Credit payment is calculated. Find out how much you will be entitled to.
It can take up to six weeks after you have made your claim to get your first payment.
What if I am working?
You can work as many hours as you like, there are no limits. If you’re in work you may be entitled to a work allowance.