Universal Credit UK: Six major benefits are being replaced – this is who is affected


    Universal Credit is a living support payment which is offered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to eligible claimants. Claimants must be over the age of 18, but under State Pension age to be entitled to receive any amount under this scheme. They must also be resident in the UK and have less than £16,000 in savings.

    The DWP has previously stated reticence to move onto a newer benefit can be the cause of a slower transition period. 

    Those who have moved onto the new system, however, will be required to get to grips with a new method of payment, and potentially a new entitlement amount.

    Thankfully, the government has provided advice online which is likely to help in these circumstances.

    Britons can use an independent benefits calculator to determine how much they could be entitled to.

    However, the government has also laid out the standard allowance for the benefit.

    This amount varies according to a person’s age and relationship status.

    For those who are single and under the age of 25, entitlement stands at £342.72 per month.

    Single people over 25, however, can expect to receive £409.89.

    In a couple, where both people are under the age of 25, they will get £488.59 to split between them over this time.

    And finally, those in a couple where either member is over 25 can receive £594.04 for them both. 

    Benefit claimants may also be permitted to receive additional amounts dependent on circumstances.

    Those with a family can expect to receive an extra amount for at least two children, and support is at hand for those with a disability or health condition. 

    Universal Credit can be applied for online, but couples must apply together if they live in the same home.

    Claimants will need to provide key personal information to process a claim including bank account details, email address, verification of identity, and details of income and savings. 


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