Universal Credit
What is Universal Credit?

Universal Credit will at some stage replace the following benefits:


    • Child tax credit


    • Housing benefit


    • Working tax credit


    • Income support


    • Income-related employment and support allowance


    • Income-based jobseekers allowance

Universal Credit will not replace:


    • Attendance allowance


    • Bereavement benefits


    • Carer’s allowance


    • Child benefit


    • Council tax benefit


    • Disability living allowance


    • Maternity allowance


    • Contributory employment and support allowance


    • Contributory jobseeker’s allowance


    • Industrial injuries disablement benefit


    • Pension credit


    • Personal independence payment


    • Statutory maternity pay


    • Statutory sick pay


    • War pensions

How will it work?

Universal Credit will be paid in one monthly payment to a household, which may consist of a single person, a couple or a family. It consists of one basic element and five other elements, for which claimants need to qualify.

Universal Credit will be paid to people who do not have a job and people who are in low-paid work to top up their earnings. The amount of Universal Credit will reduce as working hours and earnings increase.

The age-related standard allowance is the basic benefit awarded. It will be lower for under-25s. If you are in a couple, you will be assessed as a unit.

The other elements are:


    • Child Element


    • Disabled Child Addition


    • Childcare Costs Element


    • Carer Element


    • Limited Capability for Work Element


  • Housing Costs Element