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Guide Guide to Universal Credit

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1. What is Universal Credit?

It is a new benefit, whatever your employment status, and should make changes into and out of work easier as people won’t need to move to a different benefit. For example whilst claiming it will be easier to:

  • take temporary or part-time work
  • to increase your hours
  • to work overtime

It will eventually be brought in as a single monthly payment for everyone claiming these:

  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit and paying your rent

Universal Credit may include money towards your housing costs. You’ll have to arrange with your landlord to start paying your own rent, if you don’t do this already.

Find out details of your rent from your landlord, for example:

  • how much the rent is and how you need to pay it
  • if you need to pay any service charges or bills, for example, gas and electricity

If you think you’ll have problems managing your rent, talk to your landlord or work coach.