Universal credit (UC) was introduced in West Lancashire by the Department of Work and Pensions in September 2014. It replaces the six benefits listed below and puts them into a single monthly payment:
- Income based job seekers allowance
- Income related employment support allowance
- Income support
- Child tax credit
- Working tax credit
- Housing benefit
UC does not apply to pensioners and does not affect council tax support.
If you claim UC you will no longer claim housing benefit to help with your housing costs. UC is a single payment that includes money to pay your rent. Read the UC myth buster (pdf, 119kb)
Universal credit links
From April 2019, the local housing allowance rate will affect the amount of housing benefit/universal credit council tenants receive. Find out more about the changes.