Universal Credit is a six-in-one benefits system which is replacing Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Working Tax Credit. A pilot scheme is currently taking place in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, for the movement of existing legacy benefits claimants onto Universal Credit.
The gov.uk website currently tells existing legacy benefits they do not need to do anything, unless the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contacts them about moving onto the payment, or are required to report a change of circumstances.
Applying for an advance on the first payment
Seeing the statement
Reporting a change in circumstances
Adding a note to one’s journal
Seeing one’s to-do list
Seeing when their next payment will be
Seeing the Claimant Commitment
Gov.uk says users should use the username and password they set up when they applied for Universal Credit.
The claimant can ask for a reminder if they are no longer sure what this is.
Should a person be in need of financial support, they can use an independent calculator to find out what benefits they could get, how to claim, and how their benefits would be affected if they start work.
A number of these are signposted on the Gov.uk website, and they include calculators hosted by Turn2us, Policy in Practice, and entitledto.