Claiming Benefits

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:

https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit

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:

https://www.entitledto.co.uk/

Citizens Advice have a great page on applying for Universal Credit, it is here:

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/universal-credit/claiming/applying-for-universal-credit/

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