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.