Universal Credit (UC) is a single benefit that is replacing a range of benefits for working age people. It is aimed at making work pay and will be paid monthly directly to claimants like a wage.
UC will replace the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
What benefits will not be replaced?
- Council Tax Reduction
- Contribution based Jobseekers Allowance
- Contribution based Employment and Support Allowance<
- Child Benefit
- Carers Allowance
- Maternity Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Statutory Sick, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay
- Maternity Grants/Funeral and Cold Weather Payments
What makes up the UC?
UC will be made up of a standard allowance and other elements such as:
- An amount for responsibility for children and young persons.
- An amount for housing.
Claimants will receive a monthly payment direct into a bank account. This will include any amount paid for housing costs.
Full details relating to how UC is calculated are specified in the Universal Credit Regulations.
Where can I find more information?
Visit GOV.UK to get more information about Universal Credit.