Universal Credit is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefit delivered by Job Centre Plus. It's a single benefit, which replaces several in and out of work benefits with a monthly payment for people of working age. This includes:
- housing benefit
- income support (IS)
- jobseeker's allowance (JSA)
- income-related employment and support allowance (ESA)
- child tax credit
- working tax credit.
For many people it covers housing costs, so they don’t have to make a separate Housing Benefit claim.
You’ll still need to claim Housing Benefit if you:
- have three or more children; or
- live in supported or temporary accommodation; or
- are Pension Credit age.
Council Tax Support is not covered by Universal Credit. You must apply separately. Apply for:
Universal Credit in Manchester
Universal Credit now covers most of Manchester for new benefit claims and for people who have a change of circumstances that changes what they are entitled to.
You are not affected yet:
- if your post code begins with M1, M2, M3
- if your post code begins with M7 1, M7 2 or M7 3
- if you are a Manchester housing tenant and your post code begins with SK8.
If you’re not affected yet and you’re not already receiving or claiming Universal Credit, you’ll still need to claim other benefits such as Housing Benefit in the normal way.