Universal Credit is a new single payment for people who are looking for work or on a low income.
The new Universal Credit system aims to simplify the benefits system by bringing together a range of working-age benefits into a single streamlined monthly payment, to:
Universal Credit will replace 6 benefits and tax credits:
The new system is being rolled out gradually so some areas of the country will be affected before others. Trials are due to take place in certain areas before full roll-out of the Universal Credit system.
Under the new Universal Credit system, claimants will receive a single monthly payment into a bank or building society. Any housing costs will then normally be paid by the tenant themselves.
The social housing sector is uniquely placed to help tenants prepare for Universal Credit, while also helping make sure that they are 'digitally prepared'.
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