About Universal Credit
Universal Credit (UC) is a key part of the government's welfare reform policy and replaces the following benefits with a single monthly award:
- Jobseekers Allowance (income-based JSA)
- Employment and Support Allowance (income-related ESA)
- Income Support
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credits
- Housing Benefit
What will change
Universal Credit will be paid as a single payment for your household. It will be paid into your bank, building society or credit union account once a month, in arrears.
If your payment includes housing costs to help with your rent, you'll need to pay this to your landlord yourself.