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Universal Credit is a new benefit for working age people to help with living costs.

Universal Credit replaces benefits for people out of work and tax credits for people in work. It's available in the North West Leicestershire area to most working age single people, couples and families. 

If you’re a couple where one of you has reached State Pension age and the other hasn't, then you’re a ‘mixed age couple’.

Mixed age couples will normally have to claim Universal Credit until they've both reached pension age.

Read more about mixed age couples

Some severely disabled people can't claim Universal Credit as it would leave them worse off. Read more about this on the Gov.uk website.

 More information about Universal Credit is available from Citizens Advice

Universal Credit is paid monthly by Jobcentre Plus. You need to make your claim on-line.

Universal Credit replaces:

  • Housing Benefit (See Important note below)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit

Universal Credit doesn't replace:

  • Contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Pension Credit
  • Carers Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

Important note  If you claim Universal Credit, your rent costs will usually be included as part of your claim.  You will not usually need to claim Housing Benefit separately - although there are some exceptions, such as people in supported accommodation.

But you still need to contact us to claim help with your Council Tax.

Read more about Universal Credit on the Gov.uk website.

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