For Families and Carers : Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new benefit that has started to replace 6 existing benefits with a single monthly payment into your account.

Universal Credit will eventually replace:

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

At this time, your eligibility to claim Universal Credit depends on where you live and your personal circumstances.

Universal Credit started to be introduced in stages from April 2013, but its introduction has been delayed, and is still limited to new claims by single claimants who are unemployed, in very few areas of the country.

No one who already gets the benefits being replaced will be affected before 2016, under current plans.

For information about the benefit and when it is being introduced, go to Universal Credit on GOV.UK or visit Disability Rights UK’s Universal Credit factsheet.

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