Universal Credit (UC) is a payment to help you with your living costs. It is a single payment that replaced 6 separate state benefits, including; Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA), Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Working Tax Credit.
You could be eligible for UC if you're:
THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN DOES NOT AFFECT YOUR ELIGIBILITY BUT MAY AFFECT HOW MUCH BENEFIT YOU RECEIVE.
Your UC rate takes your income into account and is made up of a standard Universal Credit rate, plus any additional amounts:
To work out how much benefit you can claim, it may be useful to use a benefit calculator (click to access) or alternatively you could visit GOV.UK
For more information on Universal Credit, please visit:
If you need assistance to make a Universal Credit claim, Citizens Advice RCT provide a support service specifically for this (click logo to access).