Universal Credit is the main working-age benefit which is being phased in by the Department for Work and Pensions from October 2013 onwards. It will combine the current means-tested support for adults of working age and children into one benefit. All current means-tested benefits and Tax Credits will be stopped including Housing Benefit. Universal Credit will replace the following benefits:-
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit.
This went live in Rushcliffe on 15 February 2016 and only limited new claimants will be eligible to claim Universal Credit. From June 2018 we will move to the full service and most new claimants will be eligible to claim Universal Credit. There will be some exceptions as follows:
- If you are a resident in supported exempt accommodation you must inform Universal Credit of this and make a claim for Housing Benefit with Rushcliffe Borough Council
- If you have reached State Pension Credit age
- You are part of a couple where one of you has reached State Pension Credit age
- You are receiving contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance with no Universal Credit top up
- You are receiving contribution-related Employment and Support Allowance with no Universal Credit top up
- You have more than two children and have been advised to claim Tax Credits after June 2018
If you have made a claim for Pension Credit; a claim for Universal Credit because you are in supported accommodation or you are one of the groups who can still claim Housing Benefit after June 2018, you will be invited to claim Housing Benefit.
You can get more information on the Department for Work and Pension website at Universal Credit.