Universal Credit is a new benefit that is replacing several existing benefits, including:
- Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance;
- Income Support;
- Housing Benefit and
- Tax Credits.
The government is currently in the process of a national phased roll-out of Universal Credit. Some areas of the UK are already 'full-service', meaning that in those areas ALL new claimants would apply to Universal Credit instead of the benefits named above.
In other areas, it is currently only single unemployed claimants without children who would need to make a claim for Universal Credit. However, these areas will eventually become 'full-service' during the roll-out, meaning all new claimants would have to claim UC - including working people, couples and families.
It is in full-service areas that the benefit changes will start to affect student claimants.
To find out when your area will move to full service Universal Credit check here
Please note - Universal Credit will not replace DLA/PIP, Contribution Based Jobseeker’s Allowance and Contribution Based Employment and Support Allowance.