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A monthly payment for people of working-age who are on a low income, replacing six legacy benefits:
Claimants can wait up to seven weeks for their first UC payment. We can help you apply for:
For a directory of local services, see our Help Near You page
Here are some common examples of ‘changes in circumstance’:
For more information on changes in circumstance, please check your local authority’s website.
Legacy benefit recipients who don’t make any changes will be transferred to UC through managed migration. The Government will start the managed migration process with a pilot scheme in July 2019 with the aim of completing the migration by December 2023.
If you’re affected by the managed migration process, you will be informed by your local authority or the Department of Work and Pensions.
No, those on Severe Disability Premiums will only move to UC through the managed migration process which will be trialed from July 2019.
From Thursday 16th May 2019, mixed-aged couples will no longer be able to make a new claim for Pension Credit, instead they have to make a new UC claim.
If you are single and classed as a pensioner, once you’ve reached qualifying age for Pension Credit, you will continue to receive Housing Benefit.