Universal credit is an allowance that replaces six different benefits with a single monthly payment.
It has already been introduced to some areas of the UK and is planned to be gradually rolled out to the rest of the UK from February 2015. Universal Credit is due to be rolled out to Hull City Council in December 2015.
Visit GOV.UK to find out more about universal credit and the roll out schedule (link opens in a new window)
Moving to Hull
If you have recently moved to Hull and are in receipt of universal credit, you must telephone your contact centre which is detailed on your commitment statement or work plan.
If you are on a low income and would like help towards paying your council tax, you need to apply for this separately.
Find out how to apply for council tax reduction
How it works
If you are out of work or on a low income and claiming one or more of the benefits listed below, your benefit(s) will change to universal credit and you will receive a simpler, single monthly payment.
- income based jobseekers allowance
- income related employment and support allowance
- income support
- working tax credit
- child tax credit
- housing benefit
Once universal credit is rolled out in Hull, new applications will only be made online through the GOV.UK website.
Making it easier for you to work
Universal credit aims to make you better off when you are working. There are no limits to the number of hours you can work a week, your universal credit will just gradually reduce as you earn more. This means in the future it will be easier to start a new job or work more hours.