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Universal credit


Universal credit is a new benefit that replaces six existing benefits. It has not been introduced in Leicester yet – but we expect it to be introduced for certain groups of people sometime in 2014. By 2017 if you are of working age* and a jobseeker, or on low wages, you will claim universal credit.

 

Universal credit will replace:

  • Income based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Income related employment and support allowance
  • Income support
  • Working tax credit
  • Child tax credit
  • Housing benefit.

 

If you are already claiming benefits you don’t need to do anything – your benefits will continue as usual. You will be told when universal credit will affect you.

 

When universal credit is introduced it will be paid monthly – instead of weekly – directly into a bank, building society or Post Office account. If you get benefits to pay your rent you will be responsible for paying your landlord – money won’t be given directly to your landlord.

 

For more information about universal credit see gov.uk*

 

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