What is Universal Credit?
Universal Credit is a new, simpler, single monthly payment for working age people in or out of work, which merges together some of the Benefits and Tax Credits that you might be getting now. Universal Credit will eventually replace the following:-
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
Universal Credit is different to other benefits as it will be paid in a single monthly payment into your bank or Building Society account. Any help you get with your rent will be included in your monthly Universal Credit payment and you will need to pay your rent to your landlord.
Who will be affected by Universal Credit?
Initially Universal Credit will only affect people between the ages of 18 and 60 who have recently become unemployed or who are on a low income and meet certain conditions for claiming Universal Credit. However, eventually it will be brought in for everyone claiming any of the benefits and tax credits mentioned above.
Universal Credit is being introduced in South Bucks from 28 September 2015 (Slough Jobcentre) and 16 November 2015 (High Wycombe Jobcentre)
How do I claim Universal Credit?
Where can I get help?
If you need help to make a Universal Credit claim online or need assistance with personal budgeting please call 01895 837515.