Universal Credit is the payment replacing other benefits you will have heard of, including Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Working Tax Credit. So who is eligible for Universal Credit, and how much is Universal Credit per week?
Who is eligible for Universal Credit?
You may be able to claim Universal Credit if:
• you’re on a low income or out of work
• you’re 18 or over (there are some exceptions if you’re 16 to 17)
• you’re under State Pension age (or your partner is)
• you and your partner have £16,000 or less in savings between you
• you live in the UK
The number of children you have does not affect your eligibility for Universal Credit, but it may affect how much you get.
Your partner’s income and savings will be taken into account, even if they are not eligible for Universal Credit.
If you aren’t eligible for Universal Credit, you may be able to…