What is Universal Credit?
Universal Credit is being introduced in stages. Whether you can claim it will depend on where you live and your personal circumstances. It is available to single people nationally and to couples and families in some areas of the country.
You may get more money on top of your standard allowance if you’re eligible.
|How much you'll get||Extra monthly amount|
|For your first child||£277.08|
|For your second child and other children||£231.67 per child|
|If you need help with childcare costs||85% of your costs (up to £646.35 for one child and £1,108.04 for 2 or more children)|
|If you have a disabled or severely disabled child||£357.78 to £645|
|If you're disabled or have a health condition||£126.11 to £315.60|
|If you care for a disabled person||£150.39|
The amount of Universal Credit you can get depends on your circumstances and income. Your Universal Credit payment is made up of a basic ‘standard allowance’ and any extra amounts that apply to you.
|Your circumstances||Monthly standard allowance|
|Single and under 25||£251.77|
|Single and 25 or over||£317.82|
|In a couple and you’re both under 25||£395.20|
|In a couple and either of you are 25 or over||£498.89|