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Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work. It replaces some of the benefits and tax credits that you might be getting now such as;

  • Income Support
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Working Tax & Child Credits
  • Housing Benefit.

More in depth guidance can be found at the Money Advice Centre

How much will you get from Universal Credit?

There is one basic allowance for your household: Single claimant aged under 25: £251.77 per month. Single claimant aged 25 or over: £317.82 per month. Joint claimants both aged under 25: £395.20 per month.

Will I be contacted about Universal Credit?

If you are in receipt of one of the list benefits above, you will be asked by the Jobcentre to claim your UC.  Everyone currently claiming the above will eventually be transferred to the ‘Universal Credit Full Service'.

Additionally, anyone currently claiming Universal Credit (UC) will also be transferred to ‘Universal Credit Full Service’ .

What should I do in readiness for Universal Credit?

Ensure you have verified your identify in readiness via Verify.Gov.uk.  The registration process is secure, quick and easy to use and usually takes about 10 minutes.

 

Benefits of signing up to Verify.Gov.uk

Once registered you can access a large range of Government Services

It will reduce the amount of time you need to spend in the Jobcentre making or transferring your claim.

Universal Credit guides

Different Earning Patterns and your payments
This guide explains how different earning patterns affect Universal Credit payments.
It includes information on how your Universal Credit payments could be affected if your earnings are not paid each calendar month – and what you may need to do.

Universal Credit Guide
Information about how Universal Credit is paid and the support it provides for people who are on a low income or out of work.