Blackpool and the Fylde are now operating as a Universal Credit full service area.
Universal Credit (UC) is for people on a low to moderate income, whether in work (regardless of how many hours), or out of work because they are seeking work, caring, or too ill to work.
It is a means-tested benefit – so entitlement depends on income, savings and personal circumstances.
It is being introduced gradually as part of the government’s welfare reform and will replace six ‘means tested’ benefits (legacy benefits):
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers
- Income-based Employment Support Allowances
- Working Tax Credit
It is paid monthly in arrears and is paid into your bank account
If you currently receive any of these benefits, you can’t claim Universal Credit at the same time. It’s being introduced in stages and the Department for Work and Pensions will let you know when you’ll be moving to Universal Credit.
Money Manager – help for people accessing Universal Credit
Money Manager is designed by the Money Advice Service just for people on Universal Credit. You can use it whether you’re making a new claim or moving to Universal Credit from existing benefits. It will help you make the most of your money.