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.
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 and 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.