Universal Credit is a new benefit payment, which replaces six working age benefits with a single monthly payment.
The six benefits being replaced are:
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income Support (IS)
- Child Tax Credits (CTC)
- Working Tax Credits (WTC)
- Housing Benefit (HB)
Anyone who makes a new claim for one or more of these benefits will now be claiming Universal Credit.
The payment of Universal Credit is calculated and paid monthly, it is designed to be like a monthly wage, being paid in one lump sum. This payment includes the housing element which replaces housing benefit and you will be responsible to use this to pay your rent.
Any other benefits you are entitled to will continue as normal. Universal Credit does not include assistance with your Council Tax. If you are claiming Universal Credit you will still have to contact Rotherham Council to apply for Council Tax Support.
For people who already claim the six benefits listed above, and whose circumstances do not change, you won’t be affected straight away. Universal Credit is being introduced in stages across the UK so you don’t need to do anything until you hear from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about moving to Universal Credit.
To find out more about Universal Credit and how it will affect you visit the govenment website.
Support with your claim
For help making your claim you can contact the Universal Credit helpline, available Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
If you need support getting online to make your claim you can get access to a computer at a local library or Job Centre.
For any further support from the Council.