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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