Guide Universal Credit

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1. What is Universal Credit?

1. Universal Credit is a benefit for working age people 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

2.  Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for working age people and will replace:

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

3. Council Tax Reduction/Support is still provided by local councils and is not part of Universal Credit.

4. Universal Credit may include money towards your housing costs. You’ll have to arrange to pay the full rent for your home to your landlord (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 at the Job Centre. You can still apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) from us.