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Universal credit

Universal credit is a new means-tested benefit. You can claim universal credit if you are unable to work because of ill health or disability, if you are caring for someone, if you are looking for work or if you are working and your wages are low. You can claim it to cover just your needs if you are single, or those of your partner and/or children if you have a family. Universal credit will eventually replace all current working age means tested benefits. Universal credit does not depend on your national insurance contributions and is not taxable.

How do I qualify for universal credit?

How do I claim universal credit?

How much is universal credit?

How is universal credit paid?

Going into hospital

What if I disagree with my universal credit decision?

More information and advice

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Universal Credit - Are You Ready?

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