Universal Credit (UC)
By far the biggest change as part of the welfare reform is the introduction of Universal Credit (UC) to replace six means-tested benefits.
Universal Credit is a single means-benefit for working-age people (18-64 year olds*) and is paid to each household. It will replace the following means-tested benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-Related Employment & Support Allowanc
- Child Tax Credits
- Working Tax Credits
- Housing Benefit.
*In certain circumstance UC could be paid to people aged 16. For more information on the circumstances please contact our Welfare Advisor, Max Petrushkin.
To find out when your area will be affected by UC, please click here
Universal Credit will be paid once monthly by default, but claimants can choose to receive payments twice a month. The housing element of Universal Credit will be paid by default to your landlord on a monthly basis.
To find out more about making an application for Universal Credit, please click here