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Universal Credit is a payment that is meant to help with living costs for those who have a low income or are out of work.
Universal Credit is being introduced in stages. Whether you can claim, depends on where you live and your personal circumstances. It will replace child tax credit, working tax credit, housing benefit, income support, income related JSA and income related ESA.
The amount you’ll get depends on your circumstances and income. It can include support:
- for housing
- for children and childcare
- if you’re disabled or have a health condition
- if you care for someone with a disability
It's paid monthly. It can be paid if you are working or not. Your payment will reduce gradually as you earn more.
Find out whether you could be eligible for Universal Credit by using Citizens Advice eligibility checker.
If your condition is caused by work that you do, you could be entitled to compensation.
Benefits for carers
If you look after someone with substantial caring needs, are over 16 and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them, you can claim Carer’s Allowance.