Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people of working age in or out of work, which merges together some of the current benefits and tax credits.
Universal Credit will replace:
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Income Support
• Child Tax Credit
• Working Tax Credit
• Housing Benefit
It will be introduced in Edinburgh fully in November 2018 and will affect all working age people who make a new claim for any of the benefits listed above.
A change in circumstances will also trigger the need for an application for Universal Credit to be made by any claimant currently receiving any of the benefits above.
In Scotland, if you apply for or are already getting Universal Credit (UC) in an area where you manage your claim online, you can ask to change the way your UC is paid. You can ask for your UC to be paid twice a month instead of monthly or for some of your UC to be paid directly to your landlord.
These choices are available to anyone who is applying for or already getting UC in an area where you manage your claim online. These are sometimes called full service areas.
If you apply for or are already getting UC in an area of Scotland where you manage your claim online, you can ask for:
• your UC to be paid twice a month rather than monthly, and/or
• some of your UC to be paid directly to your landlord
These are called the Scottish UC choices. You can ask to set up just one or both of these choices.
You can make this request if you are applying as a single person or if you are making a joint claim with your partner.