Universal Credit is a single monthly payment that is made to people who are on low incomes, either in or out of work. It is being introduced gradually across the UK and is replacing other benefits such as Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance and Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
Claimants must be aged 18 or over and below State Pension Age. You must not be in full-time education or training and must not have savings over £16,000. As Universal Credit is being introduced gradually, you must live in a qualifying area to be able to make a claim. If you are already claiming other benefits such as JSA and ESA you cannot also claim Universal Credit.
The monthly standard allowance is:
You can apply for Universal Credit online or you can make a claim by phoning 0800 328 5644 (telephone) and 0800 328 1344 (textphone).
You can find out more about Universal Credit from the Government information website.