Universal Credit is a single payment introduced by the government for people who are looking for work or on a low income. It replaces six other benefits including Housing Benefit, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.
Universal Credit payments are paid directly to you into your bank account each month. However, it usually takes around five weeks before the first payment of Universal Credit is received.
You can apply for Universal Credit if you are in full-time or part-time work, unemployed or sick, disabled, a carer, living on your own, part of a couple or a single parent.