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Universal Credit (UC)

Universal credit is a new benefit that will start coming in from late 2013. It will gradually replace many other welfare benefits – including housing benefit, income support and jobseeker’s allowance.

Universal credit is a new benefit for people of working age, designed to top up your income to a minimum level. Universal credit will replace benefits for people who are out of work and tax credits for people in work. 

Providing your income and savings don’t go above certain limits, you can carry on claiming universal credit if you are working or out of work. Universal credit may help people on low incomes who move in and out of work by reducing the problems caused by benefits stopping and starting.

Universal credit will replace these benefits:

  • housing benefit
  • income support (IS)
  • jobseekers allowance (JSA)
  • employment and support allowance (ESA)
  • child tax credit and working tax credit
  • budgeting loans and crisis loans.

Many other benefits will continue to exist. Some will count as income when universal credit is calculated, and others will not.

Click here for the Universal Credit Welcome Guide.

More information about Universal Credits can be found on the following web-sites:

HMRC – Universal Credit

The Money Advice Service

Money Advice Service -Get ready for Universal Credit guide 

Disability Rights – factsheets about Universal Credit

FAQ’s of Universal Credit (February 2015)

Timetable for the introduction of universal credit

Universal credit will be introduced gradually across the country and in stages. From October 2013, universal credit will start to be introduced nationally. New benefit claims will be for universal credit instead of income support, jobseeker’s allowance, employment and support allowance or housing benefit. If you come off benefits because you are starting work, you will claim universal credit instead of tax credits. 

From April 2014, people of working age who are in work will claim universal credit instead of tax credits.

From April 2014 to October 2017, people already claiming certain other benefits will gradually be transferred to universal credit.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has now written to all Chief Executives in Great Britain to aid planning and preparation for the roll-out of Universal Credit.

Tranche 1 of the roll-out will be between February 2015 and April 2015.

The Welsh Local Authorities included within Tranche 1 are Wrexham, Torfaen, Neath Port Talbot and the remainder of Flintshire.

Further details on the roll-out and a list of local authorities can be accessed via the following link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-national-expansion

Information from Citizen Advice Buraeu about the roll out times in Wales for Universal Credit is as follows: Universal Credit Timescale in Wales CAB