Are you on one of the benefits that Universal Credit is replacing? Or are you someone who can claim Universal Credit?
Universal Credit is a new benefit that is being introduced in stages between 2013 and 2020. It's for people of working age, in or out of work, designed to top up their income to a minimum level. Universal Credit will eventually replace Housing Benefit and certain other benefits for people who are out of work as well as tax credits for people in work.
Universal Credit is gradually replacing these benefits:
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
If you are Pension Credit age, you will not be affected by this change, unless you have a partner who is under Pension Credit age and you are not getting Pension Credit.
Universal Credit is being introduced gradually across the country and in stages and the Government aims to have it fully rolled out by 2020.
Universal Credit will be paid in one lump sum and on a monthly basis and will include any entitlement to help you pay your rent. This is very different to the current system so it is worth finding out about these changes so you can start thinking about what you might need to do to prepare for it.