Universal Credits

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Universal Credit Intro & Rates

Universal Credit is a new single payment for people who are looking for work or are on a low income.

Universal Credit will help claimants and their families to become more independent and will simplify the benefits system by bringing together a range of working-age benefits into a single payment.

It was introduced in October 2013 and will be rolled out nationally at a progressive rate according to HMRC. This is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 and will replace:

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Working Tax Credits
  • Housing Benefit

The differences between Universal Credit and the current system

The main differences between Universal Credit and the current welfare system are:

  • Universal Credit will be available to people who are in work and on a low income, as well as to those who are out of work
  • Most people will apply online and manage their claim through an online account
  • Universal Credit will be responsive – as people on low incomes move in and out of work, they’ll get ongoing support, giving people more incentive to work for any period of time that is available
  • Most claimants on low incomes will still be paid Universal Credit when they first start a new job or increase their part-time hours
  • Claimants will receive just 1 monthly payment, paid into a bank account in the same way as a monthly salary
  • Support with housing costs will go direct to the claimant as part of their monthly payment

Universal Credit Rates

Standard Allowances

Single claimant aged under 25: £265.31

Single claimant aged 25 or over: £334.91

Joint claimants both aged under 25: £416.45

Joint claimants either aged 25 or over: £525.72

Child Element

First child or qualifying young person: £290.00(born before 6 April 2017)

Second and each subsequent child or qualifying young person: £244.58

Additional amount for disabled child or qualifying young person

Low rate: £132.89 – child in receipt of DLA mobility or care (excluding high rate care component or registered blind)

High rate: £414.88 – child in receipt of high rate care component DLA or registered blind

Capability for Work Element

Limited capability for work (LCW): £132.89

Limited capability for work and work-related activity (LCWRA): £354.28

Carer Element

Caring for a severely disabled person for at least 35 hours a week: £168.71

You do not have to claim Carer’s Allowance to get the carer element.

Childcare Costs Element

85% of relevant childcare costs up to:

Maximum amount for one child – £646.35 – £646.35

Maximum amount for two or more children – £1, 108.04 – £1, 108.04

Housing Costs Element

Can cover:

  • Eligible rent payments
  • Certain service charges
  • Mortgage interest.

There is a qualifying period of three months before you can be paid this element. You will not be paid a housing element if you are in paid work.

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