Who can claim Universal Credit
Universal Credit is a new benefit for low income working-age people who are either in or out of work. It does not affect people of pension age.
Universal Credit is being rolled out to Royal Greenwich for claimants:
- from July 2018 for residents in postcodes covered by Forest Hill Jobcentre (SE8 and SE13) and Bromley Jobcentre (BR7 6); and
- from October 2018 for residents in postcodes covered by Woolwich or Bexleyheath Jobcentre Plus Office.
From those dates, it is replacing new claims for the following means-tested benefits for working-age claimants:
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Child tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
If you are already receiving one or more of these benefits, you won't move onto Universal Credit until you have a change of circumstances which requires a new claim or until you are moved over under 'managed migration' which is due to take place between July 2019 and March 2023.