About universal credit
Universal credit is a new working age benefit being brought in by the Department for Work & Pensions which will eventually take the place of the income-based (means tested) parts of jobseeker’s allowance and employment and support allowance. It will also replace income support, housing benefit and the child and working tax credits. You can find out more about universal credit by using the links on this page.
It's been brought in slowly to start with, and has only affected single jobseekers, but we expect many more people, including families and people in work, will need to claim it from May 2018. Jobcentre Plus will tell you if you have to claim this new benefit, or one of the old benefits instead.
There are some things about universal credit that differ from other benefits.