Universal credit

Universal Credit is a single monthly payment merging together some of the benefits and tax credits you may receive. Initially only single individuals applying for Job Seekers Allowance will claim Universal Credit. Over the next two years it will be rolled out to households in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Housing Benefit.
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance.
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
  • Income Support.
  • Child Tax Credit.
  • Working Tax Credit.

Universal Credit is managed online through the Department of Work and Pensions. You will need to claim online and check payments and updates through your online account.

Universal Credit has been rolled out to most of Tandridge for new benefit claims and for people who have a change of circumstances that changes what they are entitled to.

You’ll still need to claim Housing Benefit if you:

  • have three or more children; or
  • live in supported or temporary accommodation; or
  • are Pension Credit age.

Council Tax Support is not covered by Universal Credit. You must apply separately.

If you’re not affected yet and you’re not already receiving or claiming Universal Credit, you’ll still need to claim other benefits such as Housing Benefit in the normal way.

The information on these websites will help you get ready for Universal Credit: