Universal Credit is the new benefit system that replaces several benefits, including:
- Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance;
- Income Support;
- Housing Benefit and
- Tax Credits.
These benefits are often referred to as 'legacy benefits', as they are the outgoing benefit system - now being replaced by Universal Credit.
Universal Credit has now been introduced throughout the country, meaning that it is not possible to make a new claim for the above-mentioned benefits. Therefore, new benefit claimants will need to apply for Universal Credit.
Please note - Universal Credit will not replace DLA/PIP, Contribution Based Jobseeker’s Allowance and Contribution Based Employment and Support Allowance. Therefore it is still possible to make a new claim for those particular benefits, if you qualify.