Universal Credit has been introduced by the Government and merges a number of existing benefits into one single payment. It replaces the benefits and credits, listed below, into a single monthly payment for people who are on a on a low income, in or out of work, or working flexible hours. It includes support for the costs of housing, children and childcare, as well as support for disabled people and carers.
- Income Related Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income Related Employment Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Income Support
Universal Credit will roll out to new claims from single people, who would otherwise have been eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance, including those with existing Housing Benefit and Working Tax Credit claims.
In the Corby area, Universal Credit delivery will begin March 2015 for single customers with a new claim for Job Seekers Allowance. From March 2017, most working age customers with a new claim will claim Universal Credit (there are some exceptions).
If these customers have housing costs, they will not claim Housing Benefit, as housing costs will be included in their Universal Credit assessment.
Are you ready for Universal Credit?
Please see this link Universal Credit preparation and answer the questions to see what changes you may need to make in order to prepare for Universal Credit.
Link to About Universal Credit
Universal Credit helpline 0800 328 9344