Universal Credit

If you receive any of the benefits listed below, they will eventually be replaced by a single benefit called Universal Credit..

  • Job Seeker's Allowance (Income Based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit

Universal Credit. is paid as a single monthly payment and administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Do I need to do anything?

If you are already claiming one of the benefits listed above, you'll be told when you need to change over and make a claim for Universal Credit instead. You will need to claim Universal Credit unless you fall within one of the groups listed below:

  • You and your partner are of state pension age; or
  • You are living in specified accommodation.

You cannot claim Housing Benefit unless you fall within one of these groups.

Making a claim for Universal Credit

You need to make a claim for Universal Credit online. If you do not have a computer or access to the internet, find out where your nearest public access computer is and what support is available at each location to help you apply.