Should I claim Universal Credit

What do I need to do

If you already claim a benefit

If you already claim one of the six benefits that will be eventually be replaced by Universal Credit, you will continue to do so for now.

If your current circumstances stay the same you will be invited to apply for Universal Credit at some point in the future as it is extended to more groups. However, if your current circumstances change you may be invited to apply for Universal Credit sooner.

If you are making a new benefit claim

If you are newly unemployed you may be eligible to make a claim for Universal Credit.

You must:

  • Live in Bournemouth but not be homeless, in supported or temporary accommodation, nor a homeowner
  • Have a valid National Insurance number
  • Be single, with no dependent children, a British citizen and aged between 18 years and 60 years and 6 months
  • Be fit for work
  • Not have received a payment of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) that ended in the last two weeks, except where ESA ended due to a decision that you no longer have limited capability for work
  • Not be pregnant nor have given birth within the last 15 weeks
  • Not be receiving existing benefits or tax credits, nor awaiting a decision on, nor be appealing against, a decision not to award any of those
  • Not be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Not have savings in excess of £6,000
  • Not have any caring responsibilities
  • Not be required by the Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission to pay child maintenance
  • Not be self-employed, in education nor have a person acting on your behalf over your claim
  • Not be a company director or in a limited liability partnership 

If you fall into any of the above categories and are not eligible to claim Universal Credit you will be advised to claim the other benefits as normal.

Have a go at the Universal Credit Personal Planner to find out how you'll be affected (it takes 5 - 10 minutes).


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