Universal Credit

What is it?

Universal Credit will bring together a range of working-age benefits into a single streamlined payment. Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people who are looking for work or on a low income.

Universal Credit will replace:

  • Child tax credits.
  • Housing benefit.
  • Income-related employment and support allowance.
  • Income-based job seekers allowance.
  • Income support.
  • Working tax credits.

Will I get Universal Credit?

New claims for Universal Credit began in Glasgow on 8th June 2015. Universal Credit is being introduced in stages but will eventually be rolled out to all groups. In Glasgow, Universal Credit currently only applies to single people who would have qualified for job seekers allowance (income based).

Can I get any additional help?

Universal Credit does not include council tax reduction, you must apply for this separately.
If you receive Universal Credit and the housing cost element does not cover your full rent cost, you may qualify for a Discretionary Housing Payment.

How do I apply?

Visit the Department for Work and Pensions website to make an application for Universal Credit or to find out further information on Universal Credit or telephone the Universal Credit Service Centre for support and advice on 0345 6000 723.

Get in Touch

  • Phone 0345 6000 723

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