Universal Credit and Universal Support

Universal Credit is a new benefit for working age people who are out of work or on a low income and is administered by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). It replaces six main working age benefits with a single monthly payment.

The 6 main working age benefits it replaces are:

  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit

Universal Credit will be paid directly into your bank account each month.

Any help you get with your rent will be included in your monthly Universal Credit payment which means that you will be responsible for paying your rent to your landlord.

More information

You can find out more information and search for popular terms on the central government website Universal Credit

Citizens Advice also provide useful information.

Update on Universal Credit in Blackpool

There will be no new claims to Universal Credit in our area with effect from 31 December 2017. This means that customers will continue to claim Housing Benefit from 1 January 2018 to 5 December 2018.

Customers who are already receiving Universal Credit will stay on it, even if they move into our area.

Universal Support

Universal Credit is administered online and you will be expected to use the internet to search for jobs.

Blackpool Council is committed to helping our residents gain access to services via the internet.

Blackpool libraries currently have computers available for residents to use free of charge and library staff are happy to help you with this. No appointment is necessary. Find out more information about times and venues for Jobs and Computer skills.

Personal budgeting support

If you are struggling to manage your money, tell your Job Centre Work Coach and they will be able to refer you for help and advice about this.

Council tax

Universal Credit does not include help towards your Council tax. You need to apply to the council for help with this.

Free school meals

If you are in receipt of Universal Credit you may be entitled to free school meals for your child/children.

Find out more information about free school meals.