Universal credit is a new benefit that's being introduced in stages between 2013 and 2017 across the UK. It will eventually replace housing benefit, income support, employment and support allowance, jobseeker's allowance and some tax credits.
Universal credit is a new benefit that will eventually replace six benefits including housing benefit
The roll out of universal credit won't be complete by 2017 as originally planned
Universal credit replaces housing benefit, some means tested benefits and certain tax credits
Housing benefit will eventually be replaced by housing costs which will be paid as part of one monthly universal credit payment
Universal credit will help with housing costs such as rent, mortgage interest and some service charges. Find out about housing costs and universal credit.
In some cases, universal credit can be paid direct to your landlord if it will help you keep your home
You may have to wait up to five weeks for your first payment of universal credit, but can apply for a short-term advance if the wait will cause you hardship
A budgeting advance of universal credit could help you pay for expensive essentials, but you'll repay the money from your benefit