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Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new benefit for working age people. If you receive Universal Credit you cannot get Housing Benefit but you can still claim Council Tax Support and apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment.

Receiving Universal Credit

Eventually you will start to receive Universal Credit if you are receiving or want to claim any of the following:

  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Employment & Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit

The difference between Universal Credit and Income

Universal Credit will replace these incomes but has some differences:

  • It is claimed via a computer and not in person or by telephone
  • It is paid into a bank so you will need a current account
  • It is paid monthly in arrears
  • It includes an amount for your rent so you will have to pay your landlord
  • It varies if your other income, such as earnings, changes
  • If you work you will be better off than you would have been under other benefits

There is more information on the Universal Credit website.

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