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Universal Credit

What is Universal Credit?

Universal Credit is a means-tested benefit for people of working-age. It is intended to be simpler than the current system of benefits and Tax Credits as it is not specifically an ‘in work’ or ‘out of work’ benefit - it is one benefit for people whatever their employment status. It should ease the transition into and out of work as people won’t need to transfer to a different benefit as their situation changes.

Applies to: England, Scotland and Wales

It is not law yet in Northern Ireland but may be introduced at a later date. See the NI Direct website for more information.

Administered by: Department for Work and Pensions