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Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a single monthly benefit for working-age people who are unemployed or on a low income. It currently only applies to single people who would have normally applied for Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based).  You will receive a Housing Element paid within your Universal Credit which is for your rent.  If you are subject to an Under Occupancy Charge you must still apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) at Glasgow City Council.


There is no limit as to how many hours you can work while in receipt of Universal Credit, it is calculated on how much you earn. It is paid into a bank/building society account.


Universal Credit replaces six existing benefits –

  • Job Seekers Allowance – Income Based
  • Housing Benefit
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance – Income Based
  • Income Support


Universal Credit is being introduced in stages but will eventually be rolled out to all groups.


You can apply for Universal Credit via this link https://www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit.

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