What’s different about Universal Credit?
Universal Credit will be a single, monthly payment into a bank account.
Universal Credit will be paid in a different way to current benefits:
- it will be paid monthly into an account you choose
- if you get help with your rent, this will be included in your monthly payment – you’ll then pay your landlord yourself
- if you and your partner are both eligible, you will get one monthly payment for the household
Managing your Universal Credit claim online
Universal Credit will generally be managed online. You can make your claim online, then check on your payments and updates through your online account.
Working and claiming Universal Credit
There are no limits on how many hours a week you can work if you’re claiming Universal Credit. Instead, the amount you’ll get will gradually reduce as you earn more, so you won’t lose all your benefits at once.
- Get an estimate of how much Universal Credit you’ll be entitled to – including how much better off you’ll be in work – with this calculator on the Policy in Practice website
- Who is eligible to claim Universal Credit now? Watch this video produced by the Department for Work and Pensions .
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