Universal Credit is a new benefit that has replaced 6 existing benefits with a single monthly payment into your account.
Universal Credit has replaced:
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
For those already in receipt of the benefits above, there is a transitional protection in place, however if there is a change of your circumstance you may be told that you have to make a new claim for universal credit (called natural migration).
From 16 January 2019 the government introduced protection from natural migration for some people getting the severe disability premium, therefore for these people, moving from one housing benefit area to another, they will not have to make a new claim for universal credit and will remain on their legacy benefit until DWP’s managed migration commences. This managed migration is due to be piloted in July 2019 and in full by November 2020.
If you claim universal credit by mistake after 16 Jan 2019 and your legacy benefit stops, you can contact the severe disability premium team universal credit on 0800 181 4049. They should be able to put you back on your legacy benefit.
Universal credit is not as easy to claim as ESA was for those age 16 plus and in education. Please call the benefit adviser for help with this.