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Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work; It replaces some of the benefits and tax credits that you might be getting now.

Universal Credit is made up of a standard allowance plus any applicable element for; housing, being responsible for children or young people, disabled children, childcare costs, an ill or disabled adult or being a carer.

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You may be able to claim Universal Credit if you’re on a low income or out of work.

You don’t need to do anything if you’re already claiming other benefits.

 

How it works

There’s no limit to the number of hours you can work a week if you get Universal Credit.

Your payment will reduce gradually as you earn more. You won’t lose all your benefits at once if you’re on a low income.

 

How you’ll be paid

Universal Credit is paid differently from other benefits. It’ll be paid once a month, usually into your bank, building society or credit union account.

If you live with your partner and you both claim Universal Credit, you’ll receive a single payment that covers you both.

Paying your rent

You can get help with housing costs. It’ll be paid to you as part of your monthly Universal Credit payment.

You’ll have to arrange to start paying your own rent if you used to get Housing Benefit and don’t do this already.

 

Eligibility

You can currently claim Universal Credit if you’re either:

 

1. A single person anywhere in England, Wales and Scotland

2. A couple or family living in certain areas

 

To get Universal Credit you must:

 

1. Be 18 or over

2. Be under State Pension age

3. Not be in full time education or training

4. Not have savings over £16,000

 

You’ll get less Universal Credit if you have savings over £6,000 or earn enough money to cover your basic living costs.

If you live with your partner you’ll need to make a joint claim as a couple. Your partner’s income and savings will be taken into account, even if they aren’t eligible for Universal Credit.

If you want to claim a benefit without your savings, your partner’s savings or their income being taken into account, you can apply for either:

‘new style’ Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

‘new style’ Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

You can apply for these if you’re entitled to apply for Universal Credit.

 

Who isn’t eligible

You can’t claim Universal Credit if you already get:

 

Income Support

income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

income-related Employment and Support Allowance

income-related Incapacity Benefit

You may be able to claim other benefits if you don’t live in a qualifying area or you’re not eligible to claim Universal Credit.

 

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Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work; It replaces some of the benefits and tax credits that you might be getting now.

 

Universal Credit is made up of a standard allowance plus any applicable element for; housing, being responsible for children or young people, disabled children, childcare costs, an ill or disabled adult or being a carer.

What would you like to do?

Please click the appropriate link.

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