Universal Credit is a benefit designed to support people of working age who are on a low income or out of work. You can only apply for Universal Credit online.

 

What is Universal Credit? Find out what Universal Credit is. Check if your eligable for universal credit You can check if you're eligible for Universal Credit on the Citizens Advice website. Apply for universal credit

If you know that you're eligible, you can apply online for Universal Credit through GOV.UK.

           
Advance payments Information about advance payments of Universal Credit. Manage your money Find out about Money Manager for Universal Credit claimants to help make the most of your money. Advice on choosing a bank account To receive Universal Credit, you’ll need a bank or building society current account, or an account with an alternative provider like a credit union.
           
Challenging a universal credit decision

Get information from Citizens Advice on what to do if you think a decision about your Universal Credit is wrong and should be changed.

Citizens advice Visit the Citizens Advice website for more information on Universal Credit. Calculate your benefits Use an independent benefits calculator to find out what benefits you could get and how your benefits will be affected if you start work.
           
Discretionary housing payments Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) are made by us in certain circumstances to people that are receiving Universal Credit (Housing Element) but who may need further help with their Housing Costs. Council tax reduction scheme Universal Credit does not include any help towards your Council Tax. You will need to apply for help with your council tax separately. Find out more. free school meals You may also be entitled to Free School Meals if you claim Universal Credit, but you’ll need to apply for this separately. Find out more.