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Universal Credit

Universal Credit (UC) is a new benefit for people of working age who are working and on a low income or are out of work. It is a benefit administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Universal Credit replaces the following benefits:

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Income Support

  • Working Tax Credit

  • Child Tax Credit

  • Housing Benefit.

Universal Credit does not replace Council Tax Reduction. Make a claim.

When can you claim Universal Credit in Camden?

From 20th June 2018, some people will be able to make a new claim for Universal Credit. If you have more than two children, you will not be able to claim Univeral Credit regardless of where you live.

If you live in any of the post codes listed below, you can claim Universal Credit from the following dates:

  • June 2018

Barnsbury/ Highgate JCP areas (Postcodes: EC1, N1C,WC1,N19,N6,N7)   
St Marylebone/Westminster JCP areas (Postcodes: NW8,W9,WC2,W1T,NW1 1-6)   

  • December 2018

Kentish Town JCP    

You will only move onto Universal Credit if you make a new claim for one of the benefits UC replaces or have a change in circumstances that triggers a new claim for UC.

People who have reached the qualifying age for state pension credit are not affected by the introduction of Universal Credit. Check your state pension age on the website.

Get ready for Universal Credit 

As well as moving to a single payment, there will be other important changes to how residents receive their benefit. Universal Credit claimants will:

  • need to have a bank or building society account, or an account with an alternative provider like a credit union
  • need to apply for and manage their Universal Credit account online
  • be paid monthly, rather than weekly or fortnightly
  • be responsible for paying their own rent rather than it being paid directly to the landlord.

 See how ready you are for Universal Credit with the DWP Personal Planner

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