What benefits does universal credit replace?

Universal credit replaces six welfare benefits and tax credits.

Benefits and tax credits that are replaced

Universal credit is being introduced in stages across the UK.

Universal credit replaces:

  • housing benefit
  • income-based jobseeker's allowance (JSA)
  • income-related employment and support allowance (ESA)
  • income support (including support for mortgage interest)
  • child tax credit
  • working tax credit

Find out from Gov.uk the Jobcentre areas where you can claim Universal Credit.

Find out more about the introduction of universal credit.

Benefits not replaced by universal credit

Many other benefits will continue to be available in addition to universal credit.

Benefits you can still claim include:

  • child benefit
  • contribution-based JSA
  • contribution-based ESA
  • carer's allowance
  • disability living allowance
  • personal independence payment

When universal credit is calculated, some benefits are counted as unearned income. This means the amount of universal credit you get is reduced.

Some benefits won't affect the amount of universal credit you can get. For example, child benefit, disability living allowance and personal independence payment aren't counted.

Passported benefits

When you claim universal credit, you are also able to access certain other 'passported' benefits including:

  • free school meals
  • help with NHS costs, such as the costs of glasses, dental treatment and prescriptions
  • Sure Start maternity grant
  • Cold Weather payment
  • help with the cost of visiting a close relative or partner in prison

You may also be able to get help with some legal costs through legal aid.

Find out more from Entitled to about passported benefits.


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