Universal Credit replaces:
- Income-based jobseekers' allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- Income support
- Child tax credit
- Working tax credit
- Housing benefit
If you already get any of these benefits, you will automatically move to Universal Credit between now and October 2017. You will be told when Universal Credit will affect you.
You will get all your benefits in a lump sum every month. If you get help towards your housing costs you will receive this too, instead of your landlord. You will then need to pay your rent.
You have to claim Universal Credit online.
Until you are told that you need to claim Universal Credit, you will carry on claiming the benefits that you currently get.