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Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new benefit which has been introduced by the government to replace six existing benefits with a single monthly payment. It started in Middlesbrough on Wednesday 3 October 2018.

You might see the phrases 'live service' and 'full service' used about Universal Credit (including on GOV.UK). 'Live service' means that only some people are getting Universal Credit - like a test. 'Full service' means that everyone who is eligible for Universal Credit will be asked to claim it, either when they make a new claim or when their circumstances change. Middlesbrough became 'full service' on 3 October 2018.

Universal Credit is replacing:

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

If you claim any of these benefits, you may be asked to claim Universal Credit.

To find out what you could be entitled to, use the GOV.UK benefits calculator.

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