Manchester City Council

Benefits & support Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefit delivered by Job Centre Plus for people of working age. It replaces several in and out of work benefits with a monthly payment including:

  • housing benefit
  • income support (IS)
  • jobseeker's allowance (JSA)
  • income-related employment and support allowance (ESA)
  • child tax credit
  • working tax credit.

It covers housing costs for many people but not all.

You’ll need to claim Housing Benefit to help with your rent if you:

  • have three or more children; or
  • live in supported or temporary accommodation; or
  • are Pension Credit age.

Help with Council Tax

Universal Credit does not cover help with Council Tax. You must apply separately.

Apply for:


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