Universal Credit replaces a number of income-related benefits in England, Scotland and Wales. It is a payment for people who are on a low income or looking for work.
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- and income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
If you receive one of these benefits, you will be transferred to Universal Credit at some point.
Universal Credit is for people:
- aged 18 or over (or 16 or 17 in certain cases)
- under State Pension age
- living in the UK
- not in education
- who accept a claimant commitment (an agreement about your responsibilities).
Universal Credit is gradually being introduced in England, Scotland and Wales. The government has a target for this to be completed by 2017. Contact a welfare rights adviser on 0808 808 00 00 for more information.
The Northern Ireland the introduction of Universal Credit is still under consideration. To find out about Universal Credit in Northern Ireland, check nidirect.gov.uk