Universal credit

Universal Credit (UC) is a new benefit which will replace a complex system of working-age benefits and make everyone better off in employment than they would be on benefits.  Universal Credit will be paid monthly to each ‘household’.   

Universal Credit will be available to people:  
• in work on a low income
• out of work, whether due to ill health or unable find suitable employment  

Universal Credit is a means-tested benefit, which will replace:  
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Income Support
• Working Tax Credit
• Child Tax Credit
• Housing Benefit    

The changes have started to be rolled out nationally and will be fully implemented by 2017.

Benefit cap

The Benefit Cap is a cap on the amount of benefits a claimant can receive. If you are a lone parent or if you have a partner, you will be paid a maximum of £500 a week in benefits. Single people will receive a maximum of £350.  

You will be exempt from the cap if anyone in your household is getting:  
• Attendance Allowance (AA)
• Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
• Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
• Industrial Injuries Benefit
• War Disablement Pension/Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Payments
• War Widow's Pension 

Or if you or your partner are getting:

• employment and support allowance support component
• working tax credit

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