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Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. It’s paid monthly

If you already get benefits

Universal Credit will replace the following benefits:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit

If you currently receive any of these benefits, you cannot claim Universal Credit at the same time.

Eligibility

You may be able to get Universal Credit if:

  • you’re on a low income or out of work

  • you’re 18 or over (there are some exceptions if you’re 16 to 17)

  • you’re under State Pension age(or your partner is)

  • you and your partner have £16,000 or less in savings between you

  • you live in the UK

If you’re in training or studying full-time

You can make a new Universal Credit claim if any of the following apply:

  • you live with your partner and they’re eligible for Universal Credit
  • you’re responsible for a child, either as a single person or as a couple
  • you’re disabled and entitled to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and have limited capability for work
  • you’re in ‘non-advanced education’ (for example studying for A levels or a BTEC National Diploma), are 21 or under and do not have parental support

If you’re 16 or 17

You can make a new Universal Credit claim if any of the following apply:

  • you have limited capability for work or you have medical evidence and are waiting for a Work Capability Assessment
  • you’re caring for a severely disabled person
  • you’re responsible for a child
  • you’re in a couple with responsibility for at least one child and your partner is eligible for Universal Credit
  • you’re pregnant and it’s 11 weeks or less before your expected week of childbirth
  • you’ve had a child in the last 15 weeks
  • you do not have parental support, for example you’re estranged from your parents and you’re not under local authority care

Standard allowance

Your circumstances Monthly standard allowance
Single and under 25 £251.77
Single and 25 or over £317.82
In a couple and you’re both under 25 £395.20 (for you both)
In a couple and either of you are 25 or over £498.89 (for you both)

 

Extra amounts

 You may get more money on top of your standard allowance if you’re eligible.

If you have 1 or 2 children, you’ll get an extra amount for each child.

If you have 3 or more children, you’ll get an extra amount for at least 2 children. You can only get an extra amount for more children if any of the following are true:

  • your children were born before 6 April 2017
  • you were already claiming for 3 or more children before 6 April 2017
  • other exceptions apply

You’ll get an extra amount for any disabled or severely disabled child - no matter how many children you have or when they were born.

How much you’ll get Extra monthly amount
For your first child £277.08 (born before 6 April 2017)
£231.67 (born on or after 6 April 2017)
For your second child and any other eligible children £231.67 per child
If you have a disabled or severely disabled child £126.11 or £392.08
If you need help with childcare costs up to 85% of your costs (up to £646.35 for one child and £1,108.04 for 2 or more children)

If you have a disability or health condition

How much you’ll get Extra monthly amount
If you have limited capability for work and work-related activity £336.20
If you have limited capability for work and you started your health-related Universal Credit or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claim before 3 April 2017 £126.11
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