Universal Credit

Universal Credit is run by the UK Government, not Birmingham City Council. Check if you qualify for Universal Credit on the Citizens Advice website. 

If you do not qualify for Universal Credit then you should claim other benefits for your circumstances. Use the benefits calculator to check what other help you might be eligible for.

Universal Credit is being phased in gradually and only new claims from single unemployed claimants will be taken in Birmingham from 13 April 2015.

What Universal Credit is

Universal Credit is a benefit for people who are on a low income or are out of work. It is a benefit administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) through Jobcentre Plus.

Universal Credit aims to make the welfare system simpler by replacing six benefits and tax credits with a single monthly payment. It includes support for the costs of housing, children and childcare, as well as support for disabled people and carers.

Universal Credit replaces:

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

Claiming Universal Credit

You can claim Universal Credit online

If you need guidance applying for Universal Credit, the Citizens Advice website offers information. 

Universal Credit and rented accommodation

If you are a landlord or tenant and want to know more about Universal Credit, look at Universal Credit Frequently Asked Questions (external download) from the UK Government's website.