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.