Universal Credit - what you need to know

Universal Credit is a benefit for people of working-age who are on a low income or unemployed. It combines six existing means-tested benefits including Housing Benefit. 

People on Universal Credit will receive a single monthly payment for their living and housing expenses.

Universal Credit is administered by one benefit department; the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), whereas other benefits are paid by a range of different departments.

Below are our tips on what you need to know, and how to prepare.

Five things you need to know