What are the differences between what benefits I claim now and with Universal Credit?
The main differences that are expected to be between New Universal Credit and the current benefits system according to the government are :-
If you are receiving housing benefit or support with housing costs will go direct to the claimant as part of your monthly payment and if you are renting then you will have to pay the landlord rather than this money going direct to the landlord or their agent.
Instead of getting paid every two or four weeks you will receive just 1 monthly payment, paid into a nominated bank account in the same way as a monthly salary would be.
People who are currently in work but on low pay or those unemployed will be able to claim Universal Credit.
A large majority of people will be expected to file their claims online and manage their own claims accounts.
One of the fundamentals of Universal Credit is that it will respond to your circumstances quicker as if you are on low income and move in and out of work you’ll get on-going support, giving you more incentive to work as and when you can.
The majority of people who claim Universal Credit will continue to receive your credits when they start a new job or even increase your working hours in a part-time job.