Whether you are currently in or out of work, if you are on a low income and affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, you will be able to access the full range of the welfare system, including Universal Credit. From 6 April we are increasing the standard allowance in Universal Credit and the basic element in Working Tax Credit for 1 year. Both will increase by £20 per week on top of planned annual uprating. This will apply to all new and existing Universal Credit claimants and to existing Working Tax Credit claimants.
Universal Credit is a means tested benefit for adults with a low income.
It replaces six existing benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
If you currently claim other benefits you will be told when the change will happen by the DWP.
Universal Credit claims are made online, please see here:
It is also worth checking if you are entitled to any other benefits, Entitled To has a calculator that can tell you what you can claim. It can be found here:
Citizens Advice have a great page on applying for Universal Credit, it is here: