Will Universal Credit affect me?
From 17 October people living in large parts of Worcester making a claim for the first time for Jobseeker's Allowance, Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Income related Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support, will instead be asked to apply for Universal Credit.
As Universal Credit is introduced by Jobcentre rather than local authority area, some parts of the district may not be affected by this change until October or November. You can find out when Universal Credit will arrive in your area by entering your postcode.
People already claiming any of the six benefits who have a change in their circumstances will have to switch to Universal Credit instead.
A change of circumstances can include:
- You change your address
- You become pregnant or have a child (but still have fewer than three children)
- You start work
- Your extended period of sickness ends and you are still unable to work
- You separate from your partner who was in a joint claim with you
- You are claiming Income Support and leave full-time education
If you want to see if you may be affected then you can use this eligibility checker (please note South Worcestershire Revenues and Benefits Service is not responsible for the content of external sites).
The Money Advice Service website also contains lots of information about what will change when you move from one of the six benefits to Universal Credit.
Anyone claiming any of the six benefits who does not have a change in circumstances will continue to do so in the short-term.
The Government plans to move everyone claiming the six benefits on to Universal Credit between July 2019 and March 2023. You do not need to do anything until you hear from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), unless your circumstances change.
The following groups are exempt from Universal Credit:
- People with 3 children or more
- People of Pension Credit age
People living in supported or temporary accommodation will need to apply for Housing Benefit for help with their rent and Universal Credit for help with living costs.