Universal Credit is being introduced across the country. It will make a big difference to the way you claim and receive benefits.
Universal Credit is a new type of benefit for people who are looking for work or who are on a low income. It's being introduced in stages and replaces several existing benefits and tax credits.
Universal Credit will affect you if you are of working age (currently set at 18 to 60 years 6 months) and are claiming, or want to claim, any of the following benefits:
You will not be affected if you can claim State Pension Credit (currently if you are aged 60 years and 6 months).
But even if you are not affected yet, there are things you need to do to prepare. Check out our Universal Credit - Get ready section now.
When you claim or are transferred onto Universal Credit:
You can use the benefit calculator on the GOV.UK website to find out all your entitlements, including Universal Credit.
Under Universal Credit, you will always be better off in work. There are no limits to how many hours a week you can work, instead the amount you get will gradually reduce as you earn more.
If you’re already claiming benefits, you should carry on claiming as usual. You’ll be told when you need to do anything differently.
If you are making a new claim, then use the GOV.UK benefits calculator to find out what you are entitled to and how to claim.
If you are eligible to claim Universal Credit you must do so immediately. Any delay in making a claim could mean that you lose the benefits you are entitled to
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