Universal Credit is a benefit to support you if you’re working and on low income or you’re out of work. It is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and replaces the following benefits and tax credits:
- Housing Benefit
- Child and Working Tax Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
From 5 December 2018 most working age Milton Keynes residents, not in work or on a low income, cannot make a new application for any of the old benefits listed above. Instead they will need to apply for Universal Credit, using the online Universal Credit system.
There are special rules for people who have 3 or more children living with them.
People living in a hostel, supported accommodation, a refuge or temporary emergency homeless accommodation will need to claim Housing Benefit as well as Universal Credit.
If you are already on benefits, you don’t need to do anything. You will be told when Universal Credit will affect you. However if your situation changes and this results in your benefits changing you may need to claim Universal Credit.
Please note Council Tax Reduction is not covered by Universal Credit. If you would like to apply for help with your Council Tax bill, you must apply for this separately here.