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What is Universal Credit?

Universal Credit (UC) is a payment to help with your living costs.  You may be able to get it if you're on a low income or out of work.

Universal Credit

From 25th July 2018 new claims for most benefits/tax credits for working age people in Sunderland will usually be for Universal Credit.  Whether you can claim UC depends on your circumstances.  You can check UC is the right benefit for you.  You do not need to claim UC otherwise until the DWP tell you to.

Universal Credit will replace the following benefits:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit

Universal Credit - The facts

  • Universal Credit will be paid directly into your bank account
  • You'll get one monthly payment for your whole household
  • Your payment may be different each month - demanding on your income for example , change in wages
  • Any help you get with your rent will be included in your payment
  • You'll have to pay your landlord yourself
  • Most people will claim Universal Credit online
  • You can use the apply for an advance payment link to help you manage until you get your first payment

Find information on your local services through Sunderland Information Point link.

Further useful information can be found within our Icon for pdf UC Desk Aid (pdf) [369.08KB] and Key Messages (pdf) documents.

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