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.