Benefits - Universal Credit
Universal Credit is a simple, single payment for people in work or out of work.
It merges a number of existing benefits into one single payment:
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
Universal Credit will be paid in a different way to current benefits:
- It will be paid monthly into an account you choose
- If you get help with your rent, this will be included in your monthly payment - you'll then pay your landlord yourself
- If you and your partner are both eligible, you will get one monthly payment for the household
If you live in the Highland Council area and wish to make a new claim for benefit you must apply for Universal Credit. You can apply for Universal Credit if all the following apply:
- You’re 18 or over
- You’re under State Pension age
- You have less than £16,000 in savings
- You’re not in full time education or training
You may still get Universal Credit if you’re 16 or 17 or a full time student.
If you're already claiming one or more of the benefits being phased out, you should carry on claiming as normal. You'll be told when you need to do anything differently.
Please note that you will not be able to claim help with your Council Tax within Universal Credit. You will need to complete a Council Tax reduction form
You will not be able to claim help with your Council Tax within Universal Credit. You will need to complete a Council Tax reduction form.
Who can claim
Dependent on your circumstances you may be eligible for Universal Credit if you’ve just become unemployed.
How to claim
Call the Universal Credit helpline on:
Phone: 0800 328 5644
Textphone: 0800 328 1344