Universal Credit is a new monthly payment for working-age claimants and replaces the following benefits and tax credits:
- Housing Benefit
- Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based)
- Income Support
- Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Child Tax Credits
- Working Tax Credit
When you claim Universal Credit, you will be paid one monthly lump sum in arrears.
You will be responsible for paying rent
Once you have claimed Universal Credit, your Housing Benefit will no longer be paid to St. Leger Homes and your housing costs will be paid directly to you.
When will Universal Credit affect me?
From 11 October 2017:
'Full service' Universal Credit will be introduced to Jobcentres in Doncaster, meaning couples and families who would have normally claimed one of the 6 benefits being replaced, will need to claim Universal Credit instead
Benefit claimants who have a particular change to their circumstances will also be required to make a new claim for Universal Credit. Click here for a list of the changes where a new claim for Universal Credit would be triggered
Claimants already receiving Universal Credit will be invited by the Jobcentre to reapply for 'full service' Universal Credit
How can I prepare for Universal Credit?
There are a number of things you need to consider when claiming Universal Credit. You will have to wait around 6 weeks for your first payment so it will be vital to save money beforehand to see you through this period.
You will also need to have the right bank account, regular access to the internet and be able to manage a monthly budget. Click here for useful tips on how to prepare.
Make a claim for Universal Credit
If you think you are eligible, click here to make a claim online.
Which benefits will continue to be paid separately?
Find out more about Universal Credit on the Money Advice Service website and at gov.uk