What Universal Credit is

๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ถ Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. Itโ€™s paid monthly - or twice a month for some people in Scotland.

๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ถ You may be able to get it if youโ€™re on a low income, out of work or you cannot work.

๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ถ This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ถ If you live in Northern Ireland, go to Universal Credit in Northern Ireland.

Sign in

๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ถ Sign in to your Universal Credit account if you already have one.

If you already get other benefits

๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ถ Universal Credit is replacing the following benefits and tax credits:

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

๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ถ If youโ€™re getting any of these benefits or tax credits, you do not need to do anything unless:

๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ถ Youโ€™ll stop getting these benefits and tax credits when you or your partner claims Universal Credit. This will not affect any other benefits youโ€™re getting, such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Carerโ€™s Allowance.

๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ถ You can read more about how tax credits and Universal Credit affect each other.