Universal Credit is a new benefit for working age people on a low income or out of work.
If you’re thinking of claiming benefits for the first time, you might need to apply for Universal Credit, depending on where you live.
Universal Credit is a big change from any benefits or tax credits you may get now, and you'll need to be ready to manage your claim differently.
You must claim online for Universal Credit and provide personal and financial information.
Your local job centre can advise on Universal Credit payments, budgeting and support.
It can take up to six weeks after you claim for your first payment to reach your account.
Universal Credit is paid monthly so you'll need to make sure you can pay all your bills from this single payment.
You're responsible for paying your rent from your UC payment. If it doesn't meet the full value of your rent, extra help is available.
How to apply for Universal Credit if you're self-employed.
Although Universal Credit is run by the DWP, not the council, we can provide other help and support.
Help with managing your claim, money advice and accessing the internet.
Universal Credit information for private landlords and registered social landlords.