Universal Credit (UC) is a new benefit for people of working age. You can get it if you have a low income or do not work. Some people started getting it in April 2013. In this section, you can find out what benefits are being replaced by UC, who can get it and how much you could get.
- Universal Credit (UC) is a benefit for people aged between 18 and 65 years old. Some people aged 16-17 will also be able to claim.
- UC is replacing 6 benefits including income-related Employment & Support Allowance, income-based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Tax Credits and Housing Benefit.
- You can claim UC if you are in or out of work.
- Earnings and savings will lower the amount of UC you can get.
- You will get one monthly payment instead of a number of different payments.
- Most people who claim UC must agree to do certain things. This is called a ‘claimant commitment’.
- If you do not follow the rules in your claimant commitment, you could lose some of your benefit.
This section covers:
- What is Universal Credit (UC)?
- How much can I get?
- What if I am working or studying?
- What if I care for someone or have children?
- What about my housing costs?
- How will income, savings and property affect my UC?
- How much will I get?
- How do I claim?
- How will I be paid?
- What is the claimant commitment?
- Can I appeal if I disagree with a decision?
- When will I have to claim?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service. Last reviewed in July 2016. Next reviewed July 2017.
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