Universal Credit

Universal Credit is now being rolled out in the Cambridgeshire area

Universal credit is a single monthly payment for people in and out of work.  It replaces some of the benefits and tax credits you might be getting now.

The 6 benefits that will be replaced by Universal Credit are:

  • Housing benefit (HB)
  • Income-related Employment and support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-based Job seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income Support

Universal Credit will combine payments into one amount which will be paid into your bank account on the same date each month.

You may need to apply for Universal Credit if you:

  • Currently receive Housing Benefit
  • Are under the age to receive Pension Credit
  • Your circumstances change i.e. you move home

You will be instructed by DWP when you need to apply.

How do you get ready?

You will need an e-mail address and internet access to manage your claim, a mobile telephone number and a Bank account, building society account or credit union account.

Because Universal Credit is paid monthly you may need to make changes to the way you budget and ensure your rent account is in credit.

Find out more: Universal Credit check list Universal Credit Explained