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Universal Credit

Information about Universal Credit, knowing how much you can get, finding out whether you are eligible and knowing how to make a claim
What is Universal Credit?

Universal Credit is a single monthly payment that is made to people who are on low incomes, either in or out of work. It is being introduced gradually across the UK and is replacing other benefits such as Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance and Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.

Who qualifies for Universal Credit?

Claimants must be aged 18 or over and below State Pension Age. You must not be in full-time education or training and must not have savings over £16,000. As Universal Credit is being introduced gradually, you must live in a qualifying area to be able to make a claim. If you are already claiming other benefits such as JSA and ESA you cannot also claim Universal Credit.

How much is Universal Credit?

The monthly standard allowance is:

Extra allowances:

How do I claim Universal Credit?

You can apply for Universal Credit online or you can make a claim by phoning 0345 600 0723 (telephone) and 0345 600 0743 (textphone).

Where can I find more information about Universal Credit?

You can find out more about Universal Credit from the Government information website.