Universal Credit

If you are out of work on low income, you may now have to claim Universal Credit (UC) instead of other benefits. Depending on your circumstances, UC replaces these benefits:

  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support

Find out how UC works and how it applies to you on the government's website: www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk

The government has also made a video explaining how to make a UC claim. Watch the video

UC will be paid monthly into your bank account, so you'll need to have a bank account, or similar (such as a credit union account) to get your UC payments. You may also find it useful to open a separate account to receive and manage your UC payment.

The Money Advice Service provides helpful tips on paying your rent and having the right bank account. Use their money manager tool to receive free personal information and advice to help your money go further.

Healthy Start

Healthy Start  is a national scheme. It provides money for healthy food and milk to pregnant women and families with children under four who get certain benefits. 

You could be eligible for the scheme if:

  • you're aged 18 or over and are pregnant, or
  • have children under four years old and you get certain benefits

Find out more and how to apply for the healthy food and milk scheme for your child

Page last updated: 06 April 2023


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