Benefits and budgeting

Welfare benefits and universal credit

The government have changed the way they pay certain benefits. Universal Credit is rolling out across the country and if you need to make a claim for benefits, you will be directed to make an online application. Universal Credit replaces:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit

Universal Credit is paid as ONE monthly payment and it is up to you to budget for your household, including making rent payments.

Not sure what you're entitled to? Need help with making your money go further or understanding budgets? You can email us at for help.

More information about Universal Credit online can be found at

Want to know what you might be eligible for?

Click here to try our self-service benefits and budgeting calculator

How to apply for Universal Credit

This YouTube video will give you guidance on how to apply for Universal Credit