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Eligibility for Universal Credit

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

You may be asked to claim Universal Credit:

  • when you make a claim for the first time for one of these six benefits which Universal Credit is replacing
  • have a change in circumstances which means your existing claim for one of these six benefits has to be cancelled

There are a number of reasons which mean you might not be asked to claim Universal Credit. You can read the full eligibility criteria for Universal Credit on GOV.UK. The website talks about 'full service' areas - Middlesbrough has been a 'full service' area since 3 October 2018.

Please note, people of pension age are not affected and can still apply for Housing Benefit and any pension age-related benefits.

However, the rules are different for people who are part of a 'mixed age' couple. A mixed age couple is where one member is above, and the other is below, the pension age. Read more about getting benefits as a mixed age couple.