Universal Credit

Universal Credit is gradually replacing the following benefits

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit

It is being brought in on a rolling basis and DWP will tell you when you will be moving over from IS, JSA or WTC on to UC.

Things to note

  • The amount of Universal Credit you get will gradually reduce as you earn more, but unlike Jobseeker’s Allowance your payment won’t stop when you work more than 16 hours a week. The more you earn, the higher your total income from earnings and Universal Credit will be.
  • Your Universal Credit claim continues when you start work, so you don’t have to go through the hassle of making a brand new claim if that work comes to an end.
  • There won’t be a gap between your last payday and your next Universal Credit payment, so you can take temporary jobs without worrying what it will mean for your benefits.


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