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Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new benefit for working age people who are on a low income or out of work.

It replaces a number of existing benefits and tax credits:

  • housing benefit

  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

  • income-based Employment and Support Allowance

  • Income Support

  • Working Tax Credit

  • Child Tax Credit

A small number of people in Charnwood already receive Universal Credit.

However, from June 13 (if you live in the south of Charnwood ie Syston/Thurmaston) and July 11 (the rest of the borough),  anyone of working age who applies for any of the above benefits will automatically be asked to apply for Universal Credit.

Importantly, people who already receive one of the above benefits could be moved over to Universal Credit by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) from those dates.

At first, the switch is likely to be made when people report a change their circumstances but at some point in the next two or three years, the DWP will move everyone of working age who receives one of the above benefits across to Universal Credit.

Universal Credit is for people of a working age, not people over the pension credit age.

Check when Universal Credit will affect you

Important information for council tenants regarding Universal Credit

Universal Credit explained

Is there anything I can do to prepare

Visit the Universal Credit website


Where can I get help and advice?

Other support you may be entitled to

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