Universal Credit

What is Universal Credit?

Universal Credit is a new type of benefit designed to support people who are on a low income or out of work. If you qualify, you will receive a single monthly payment into a bank account chosen by you. 

Universal Credit replaces these six existing benefits:

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

Please note that Universal Credit does not include help to pay your Council Tax. Information on Council Tax Support and how to apply can be found here

Personal budgeting and assisted digital support

Universal Credit needs to be claimed for and administered online. If you need support to complete an application or are in receipt of Universal Credit and having difficulty managing your money, please contact Citizens Advice:
For support and/or to make an appointment: 0344 411 1306