About universal credit
Universal credit is a new working-age benefit being brought in by the Department for Work & Pensions which will eventually take the place of the income-based (means tested) parts of jobseeker’s allowance and employment and support allowance. It will also replace income support, housing benefit and the child and working tax credits. You can find out more about universal credit by using the links on this page.
It’s being brought in slowly to start with, but we expect many more people - including families and people in work - may be asked to claim it if their circumstances change. You can use the benefits calculator to work out how much universal credit you might get, and you should seek independent advice to see what your options are before claiming.
There are some things about universal credit that differ from other benefits.