What is Universal Credit?

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Universal Credit is a new simpler, single monthly payment for people in or out of work, which will eventually join together some of the benefits and tax credits that you might be getting now. Universal Credit will replace:

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

Universal Credit is being gradually introduced across the country.

Universal Credit does not include help to pay your council tax. You will still need to claim Council Tax Reduction.

Universal Credit and you (111KB - PDF)