Who will be affected?

It will only affect a few people at first.

From 21 September 2015 single jobseekers in Winchester, who are making a new claim, may be required to apply for Universal Credit. This will happen if:

  • You are making a new claim forJobseeker’s Allowance
  • You are aged 18 to 60
  • You do not have any children or other dependents
  • You do not have a disability or a long term illness

Jobcentre staff will tell you whether or not you should apply for Universal Credit.

There is information on www.gov.uk/universal-credit so you can check to see if you need to claim Universal Credit.

From 2016 onwards, Universal Credit will start to include other benefits and different groups of claimants. Details will be updated when this information is available.