Universal Credit

Universal Credit
As part of the government’s ongoing welfare reform programme, Universal Credit will be introduced for people of working age in October 2013. Payments for Universal Credit will be calendar monthly.
Universal Credit will replace many in and out of work benefits, including:
• Income Support
• Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
• Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
• Housing Benefit
• Child Tax Credit
• Working Tax Credit
Not everyone will be transferred to Universal Credit in October 2013. The transition will take place over 4 years.
Current Timetable
October 2013 – April 2014
500,000 people making new claims for the benefits Universal Credit replaces will apply for Universal Credit.
500,000 existing claimants and their partners will move to Universal Credit if they have a significant change of circumstances, for example, starting a new job or having a child. This is known as natural migration.
From April 2014 – Late 2015
3.5 million existing claimants and their partners who will benefit most will move to Universal Credit. This is known as managed migration. New claims and natural migration will continue.
From end 2015 – October 2017
Approximately 3 million remaining claimants and their partners will be transferred to Universal Credit by local authority boundary, for example, all residents in Northumberland will transfer at the same time. New claims and natural migration will continue until the old benefit system winds down.
The schedule of transition has not yet been released.