Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for working age people in or out of work, which merges together some of the benefits and tax credits that you might normally expect to apply for or already receive as separate payments.
What benefits does it replace?
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Jobseekers Allowance
- Employment Support Allowance
- Child and Working Tax Credits
If you are of working age and already receive housing benefit you will continue to receive this unless your claim ends or you have a significant change.
How to I claim universal Credit?
You can get Universal Credit if:
- you are claiming benefits for the first time
- you have a change of circumstances that affects your current benefits
However, if you live in supported accommodation or are of Pension Credit age, you should claim existing benefits.
What happens next?
You’ll need to arrange an assessment interview at your local Jobcentre within seven days of applying online. You will be told how to do this when you submit your application.
When will I be paid?
It can take up to six weeks for your first payment to reach your account. If you find it difficult to manage this new monthly payment, please speak to your work coach.
Universal Credit helpline: 0800 328 5644 (Freephone).
Last updated: Mon 16th January, 2023 @ 13:29