Universal Credit is an all-encompassing benefit that’s designed to make life easier by replacing 6 older benefits with one single monthly payment.
Universal Credit replaces:
You can use this Benefits Calculator to check how much Universal Credit you may be entitled to. It’s completely anonymous – you won’t need to submit any personal details.
If you’ve never claimed benefits before, you can only apply for Universal Credit. However, there are a couple of exceptions:
You can apply for Universal Credit on the GOV.uk website. You’ll need an email address to apply.
You might be better off claiming Universal Credit, or you may be asked to start claiming Universal Credit if a benefit you’re claiming ends, or your circumstances change, such as:
If a benefit you are claiming ends, the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) will write to you and tell you exactly what you need to do for a smooth transition to Universal Credit.
Housing Benefit is being replaced by Universal Credit. It can help you pay your rent if you’re unemployed, on a low income or claiming benefits.
If either of the following apply, you may be able to claim Housing Benefit:
If the Housing Benefit that you claim ends, you must let us know immediately so that your MTVH account is accurate.
The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can help with extra living costs if you have a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability, something that makes everyday tasks more difficult.
The PIP replaces what used to be known as the Disability Living Allowance.
You may be able to get Council Tax Reduction (discount) if you’re on a low income or get benefits.
Talk to us
If you have any money worries, or don’t understand what you may be eligible for, contact us and we can help you explore your benefits options.
Alternatively, you can call us on 0203 535 3535, Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm, and ask for the Empowering Futures team.