Universal Credit is a monthly benefit for people aged 18 or over (there are some exceptions if you’re 16 to 17). It is for people out of work, or on a low income. Universal Credit is one payment, and has replaced the following benefits and tax credits:
Claims for Universal Credit can only be backdated in exceptional circumstances, and are limited to a maximum of 1 month. So, you should claim Universal Credit as soon as you become eligible.
Universal Credit is made up of:
Universal Credit is paid monthly and in arrears. You should receive your first payment within 6 weeks of making a claim, and then on the same date every month.
You can manage your Universal Credit account online. If you would like any advice or assistance on claiming Universal Credit, please contact your Housing Officer.