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.
When will Universal Credit affect me?
Universal Credit is currently only available for new claims from single, childless people who would have normally claimed Jobseekers Allowance.
From October 2017: Couple and families making a new claim for one of the 6 benefits being replaced, will be able to claim Universal Credit.
Between 2019 and 2022: Tenants already claiming one of the 6 benefits being replaced, will be automatically transferred onto Universal Credit.
By the end of 2022: Universal Credit will be fully in place and the 6 benefits being replaced will have been phased out.
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.
How can I prepare for Universal Credit?
There are a number of things you need to consider when claiming Universal Credit. You need to have the right bank account, have regular access to the internet and be able to manage a monthly budget. Click here for more information.
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?
Links to useful information:
Universal Credit: Frequently asked questions
How Universal Credit helps make work pay
How Universal Credit works for the self-employed
How Universal Credit affects families
How to make a Universal Credit claim as a family
How Universal Credit affects couples
How to make a Universal Credit claim as a couple
Find out more about Universal Credit on the Money Advice Service website and at gov.uk