Universal Credit (UC) is a benefit for people under retirement age who are either:
- out of work, for example due to an illness or caring
- on a low income.
UC can include money for basic living costs, looking after children and housing.
UC has replaced six other means-tested benefits:
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
If you currently get any of these benefits, and your circumstances change, you may have to claim UC instead. You can speak to a welfare rights adviser to find out more. In 2019, a small number of people will gradually be moved to UC, and will need to be reassessed. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or the Department for Communities (DfC) in Northern Ireland will contact you if you need to change your claim.