About Universal Credit
Universal Credit is a new benefit for people of working age. It is paid by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and not by your local council.
Universal Credit is paid monthly and includes help towards your housing costs. This means that rent will go to you instead of your landlord. If you live with your partner, there will be 1 monthly payment to both of you, so you will need to decide which account you would like your Universal Credit to be paid into each month.
You must make and manage your Universal Credit claim online. Information about how much you will be paid and reporting any changes of circumstance will be done online through your universal credit account.
Universal Credit replaces:
- income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
It does not replace Council Tax Reduction or free school meals. You should claim these separately.