Universal Credit is currently administered and issued by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Eligible claimants can expect to receive their benefit entitlement once every four weeks, and can check their claim through the government’s online portal. Under the current rules, Universal Credit is split into two main tiers.
This extra amount is only the case if their children were born before April 6, 2017, or more than three children were already being claimed for before April 6, 2017.
A first child born before April 6, 2017 can receive £281.25, but for first children born on or after this date, the amount decreases to £235.83.
Any other children will entitle a claimant to £235.83 per child.
And extra help is provided for those who have disabled or severely disabled children with an extra monthly payment of £128.25 or £400.29 dependent on circumstance.
If someone provides care for at least 35 hours a week for a person who is currently receiving a disability-related benefit, they can receive £162.92 per month.
This is, on top of any extra amount a person gets if they have a disabled child.
There is also help available for those who need assistance with housing costs, but once again this is dependent on circumstances.
To be eligible to receive Universal Credit, Britons must fit a particular criteria.
They must be over the age of 18, but under State Pension age, live in the UK, and have £16,000 or less in savings.