How Universal Credit works
Universal Credit is made up of a basic 'standard allowance' and extra payments that might apply to you depending on your circumstances. You might be able to get extra payments if:
- you work and have childcare costs
- you need help with housing costs
- you're disabled or have a health condition
- you're a carer for a disabled person or you have a disabled child
The claimant commitment
- Some people on the benefit (not all) will need to look for work in order to be paid. Full time carers will be exempt from having to meet any work-related requirements.
- In order to be paid Universal Credit you will need to sign a 'claimant commitment' - this is an agreement between Jobcentre Plus and you, setting out what steps you need to take in order to be paid Universal Credit.