1. Overview

You may be able to claim Universal Credit instead of certain benefits if you’re on a low income or out of work.

You don’t need to do anything if you’re already claiming benefits.

Tax credits

You’ll be told to end your tax credits claim if:

  • you or your partner claim Universal Credit
  • you move in with a partner who is getting Universal Credit

Where you live

Universal Credit is being introduced in stages. Whether you can claim depends on where you live and your personal circumstances.

See the list of areas where you can claim Universal Credit.

You may be able to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance or other benefits if you don’t live in a qualifying area or you’re not eligible to claim Universal Credit.