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Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new type of benefit designed to support people who are on a low income or out of work. It will eventually replace six existing benefits and is currently being rolled out in stages across the UK.

The new system is based on a single monthly payment, transferred directly into a bank or post office account. 

Universal Credit will be given to people who are:

  • single
  • aged over 18
  • fit to work
  • registering for benefits for the first time
  • registered as unemployed at Loughborough JobCentre Plus
  • have a bank or building society account

Universal Credit will replace:

  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Working Tax Credits
  • Housing Benefit

Preparing for Universal Credit

The Youtube video below was produced by the Money Advice Service to explain how you can get ready for these changes.

For more information on Universal Credit, visit the Government's website.

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