Universal Credit began gradually being introduced across Brighton & Hove in 2017. It replaces the following 6 income based benefits;
- Housing Benefit
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Income Support
If you currently claim any of the above benefits and your circumstances change, then you will be required to move onto Universal Credit.
Universal Credit works differently from other benefits – so if you’re moving from another benefit it’s important to know the differences.
The biggest differences are:
- You can get Universal Credit if you’re unemployed but also if you’re working
- You’ll usually get a single payment each month, rather than weekly or fortnightly
- Instead of getting a separate housing benefit, your rent will usually be paid directly to you as part of your monthly Universal Credit payment
St Luke’s Advice Service has been running Drop In Advice Sessions to help people who are managing a change in their benefits and/or are applying for Universal Credit. Please see below the dates that these drop-in’s will be running at our offices near Seven Dials;
Fridays | 10am – 12 noon
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More information about Universal Credit is available on the Citizens Advice website