What is Universal Credit
Universal Credit is a benefit to help pay your living expenses and/or housing costs. Universal Credit is being introduced across the UK in stages and replaces the following means-tested benefits for working age people.
- Income support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child tax credit
- Working tax credit
- Housing benefit
These are commonly referred to as 'legacy benefits'. If you are currently receiving a legacy benefit, you cannot claim Universal Credit at the same time.