Universal Credit is replacing six working age benefits and tax credits for individuals and families by combining them into a single monthly payment.
Universal Credit is calculated and paid monthly. The amount you'll receive will depend on your living circumstances - such as whether you live alone, with a partner or spouse, or have children living with you - and your working circumstances - including whether you are working full-time, working part-time, looking for work or unable to work due to disability or caring responsibilities.
Unlike Housing Benefit, which pays your rent directly to us, Universal Credit does not pay your rent on your behalf. If you currently claim Housing Benefit and make a claim for Universal Credit, your Housing Benefit will stop and you will be responsible for the payment of your rent each month.
It is also important to know that Universal Credit does not cover Council Tax support. If you need help paying your Council Tax, you'll need to make a separate claim via Manchester City Council.
How do I claim?
- To start your claim, you'll need to complete an online form on GOV.UK
- Once you'd made your claim, you'll have a face to face interview at the Job Centre. This is when you will sign your 'Claimant Commitment', provide certain documents, and discuss whether you'll need help with budgeting.
What if I can't get online?
All claims for Universal Credit are made online. If you don't have a computer, you can access one at:
- Our office on Princess Road
- A local Community Centre, such as Barlow Moor Community Centre, Old Moat Sure Start Centre and Westcroft Community Centre.
- A local library with computers
- Your local Job Centre.
What else should I do to prepare?
- Opening a bank account, if you don't already have one
- Learning how to get online
- Preparing for a monthly budget (including paying your rent)