Universal Credit (UC) is gradually being rolled out nationwide as a key part of the government's welfare reform policy and replaces the following benefits with a single monthly award
- Jobseekers Allowance (income-based JSA)
- Employment and Support Allowance (income-related ESA)
- Income Support
- Child Tax Credit / Working Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
What will change?
Universal Credit will be paid as a single payment for your household. It will be paid into your bank or building society or credit union account once a month, in arrears.
If your payment includes housing costs to help with your rent, you'll need to pay this to your landlord yourself.
Changes by postcode areas
Some people in the Wokingham Borough have already been claiming Universal Credit, but from 6 December 2017 full service is being introduced in certain parts of the borough based on the postcode in which you live.
- From 6 December 2017 - RG1 , RG2, RG4, RG5 , RG6 , RG7 RG10
- From 17 January 2018 - RG9
If you live in one of the postcode areas listed above, you will need to apply for Universal Credit instead of making a new claim for one of the benefits listed above.
If you have a change of circumstances so that you need to re-apply for benefits or tax credits you may have to apply for Universal Credit instead.
Unless one of the following applies
- You are of State Pension age - check your State Pension age on the Gov.uk website
- You have 3 or more dependent children living in your household
- You are resident in 'supported exempt accommodation' – e.g. hostels or sheltered housing
- These exempt groups can continue to claim Housing Benefit
Those not living in the postcodes listed above will continue to make new claims for Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance/Employment and Support Allowance, Tax Credits and Housing Benefit until May 2018.