Universal Credit is money to help with your living costs. You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income, out of work or you cannot work.
Who can claim
You may be able to get Universal Credit if you’re on a low income or need help with your living costs. You could be:
- out of work
- working (including self-employed or part time)
- unable to work, for example because of a health condition.
To claim you must:
- live in the UK
- be aged 18 or over (there are some exceptions if you’re 16 to 17)
- be under State Pension age
- have £16,000 or less in money, savings and investments.
You may be able to get an extra amount of Universal Credit if you have a health condition or disability that prevents you from working or preparing for work and you applied for Universal Credit before 3 April 2017.
Before you claim
If you already get benefits or tax credits, check if you’ll be better off on Universal Credit before you or your partner claim it.
To check if you’re better off, you can:
- use an online benefits calculator
- contact the Citizens Advice Help to Claim service
- ask a local benefits adviser
How to claim
You can apply for Universal Credit online.
If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, go to Universal Credit: How to claim (GOV.UK)
If you live in Northern Ireland, go to Universal Credit in Northern Ireland (nidirect.gov.uk)
If you have accessibility needs
If you live in England, Scotland or Wales and cannot claim online, you can claim through the Universal Credit helpline in different ways:
Support to make a claim
If you live in England, Scotland or Wales
You can get free support from trained advisers to make a Universal Credit claim.
The Help to Claim service is provided by Citizens Advice and is confidential:
If you live in Northern Ireland
Citizens Advice provides a list of organisations you can contact for support:
If you use sign language, you can find out more about Universal Credit through nidirect YouTube videos:
If you need more help with benefits
Find out what benefits you’re entitled to
To find out which benefits you can claim, use the online Turn2us benefits calculator.
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Get in touch
We’re unable to provide benefits advice at RNID, but we’ll let you know where to get the information and support you need. Contact us