DWP: Universal Credit and other benefit claimants set to get cash boost at Christmas

What is Universal Credit?
Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. It’s paid monthly.

People may be able to get it if they’re on a low income, out of work or they cannot work.

Universal Credit is replacing the following benefits and tax credits:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit

How much Universal Credit someone gets depends on their standard allowance, any extra amounts that apply to them and any money taken off their payment.