Universal Credit is a single payment for people who are looking for work or on a low income in England, Scotland and Wales. It includes money for basic living, children and housing.
If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, Universal Credit replaces six income-related (means-tested) benefits:
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- income-based Jobseekers’s Allowance
- and income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
If you’re currently receiving any of these six benefits, you’ll have your claims transferred to Universal Credit at some point.
When this will happen depends on where you live. The amount of money you get won’t be reduced when this happens, as long as your circumstances stay the same.
The DWP will contact you to change your claim. You don’t need to do anything until then.