Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work. It replaces six of the benefits and tax credits previously available. These are: Housing benefit, Income support, Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Tax Credits.
Instead, eligible people, of working age, get a single monthly payment direct to their bank account. Universal Credit aims to make the move into work easier, as well as supporting people who are working and on a low income.
Universal Credit is currently available in all Anglia Revenues councils' postcode areas.
For further information, to see if you are eligible, and to apply, visit the government services website.
If you are exempt from claiming Universal Credit, you may need to claim Housing Benefit. You can find out more by visiting our Housing Benefit page.
Advice is available
You can find out more about Universal Credit and what it means for you by visiting Understanding Universal Credit. If you would like help or advice with managing money visit the Money Advice Service online tool or visit the Advice on Money Management page.
The Department for Work and Pensions have also created a dedicated page on their website for landlords with tenants claiming Universal Credit. This is the guide to Universal Credit and rented housing. Landlord’s can also find useful information regarding Universal Credit on the Money Advice Service website.