Introduction and how to claim

Universal Credit is a new benefit that is being introduced in stages between 2013 and 2020. It is for people of working age, in or out of work, designed to top up their income to a minimum level. Universal Credit is being rolled out gradually across the country and will replace the following benefits with one application: 

  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit 

To find out if you are in a universal credit area click here:

Universal Credit...

  • is for working age people
  • is paid once a month on the same day every month
  • normally includes your rent which you then have to pay to us
  • is paid into a bank account
  • is paid in arrears so you may go 5 weeks or more before your first payment
  • is claimed on-line

The following information and links will give further details about universal credit: