Benefits and Allowances
Universal Credit is a new benefit that has started to replace six existing benefits with a single monthly payment. Universal Credit will help you to be better off in work, start a new job or work more hours.
Universal Credit will eventually replace:
- Income based Jobs Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
You can’t claim Universal Credit if you are currently in receipt of any of these benefits or credits. You’ll continue to claim them as normal and you’ll be told when Universal Credit will affect you.
To get an estimate of what benefits and tax credits you might be entitled to, you can use one of the online Benefit Calculators and answer the questions online.