Universal Credit is for working-age people in or out of work who have no income or a low income (there’s no limit to the number of hours you can work while claiming). It’s designed to help with basic living expenses and housing costs. The benefits and tax credits it replaces include the following:
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Income Support
This means if you’re currently claiming one or more of these benefits, once you move to Universal Credit you’ll get one single monthly payment (your local Job Centre or Tax Credits office will let you know when this is going to happen).
The following help-sheet gives practical guidance on benefits that aren’t affected, are you eligible, how much will you get, Benefit Cap as well as details of where you can go if you need further information.