Universal Credit is a new single payment benefit, which replaces a number of previous benefits.
New Jobseekers' Allowance applicants, will now need to apply for Universal Credit instead.
Universal Credit applications can only be made online.
Universal Credit is a new type of benefit designed to support people who are on a low income or out of work. It will eventually replace the following benefits for new applicants:
You can visit Universal Credit for a detailed step-by-step guide to Universal Credit.
The new benefit will be introduced in stages. From 2 November 2015, Universal Credit will affect the following people only:
You do not need to do anything if you are already claiming benefits, but this may change in the future. If your situation changes you will be notified by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) who will explain any changes.
Claiming Universal Credit is different to claiming other benefits. The key differences mean:
To apply for Universal Credit you must first:
Updated: 14 October 2020