This information is for single parents about to claim Universal Credit, already getting it or who want to know more about it. It explains what Universal Credit is, how to claim, how it is calculated and how it is paid.
What is Universal Credit?
Universal Credit has gradually been introduced across the UK. It provides financial support, for living expenses and housing costs, to working age people both in and out of work and their families.
Single parents and Universal Credit
Single parents aged 16 to 65 can claim Universal Credit, if you are in paid. The upper age will increase in line with the qualifying age for state pension.
Moving from older benefits to Universal Credit
Most people receiving Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit (legacy benefits) will be ‘invited’ to claim Universal Credit by 2024.
How much is Universal Credit?
The amount of Universal Credit you’ll receive is based on your income, savings and family circumstances.
The Benefit Cap
The Benefit Cap is a limit on the total amount of benefits you can be paid each year.
How do I apply for Universal Credit?
You apply for Universal Credit online. There may also be some work related tasks you must agree to complete in order to keep being paid.
How is Universal Credit paid?
Payments of Universal Credit made on the same date each month into your bank account unless you request more frequent payments.
Services to help with your Universal Credit claim and award.