What is Universal Credit?
From 5 October 2015 some people living in Harrow will need to get online to claim Universal Credit.
Universal Credit is being introduced by the government and combines a number of existing benefits into one single payment. It is being introduced in stages and from 5 October 2015 some people living in Harrow can make a claim.
Universal Credit is a new benefit for people of working age on a low income and is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It’s a single monthly payment which will eventually replace:
- Income Support
- Income Related Job Seeker's Allowance
- Income Related Employment Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit
The initial roll out of Universal Credit in Harrow is limited to certain single people who meet the eligibility criteria set by the DWP.
If you're already claiming benefits
People and families already claiming benefits don’t need to do anything; you will continue to receive your benefits and will be told when Universal Credit affects you. This is likely to be in 2016.
Universal Credit is intended to be fully implemented by 2017.
If you pay council tax in Harrow and wish to claim Council Tax Support, you must make a claim to Harrow Council online.