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Last updated:
19/10/2018

What is Universal Credit?

  1. Overview
  2. What is Carer’s Allowance?
  3. How is Carer’s Allowance (CA) affected by other benefits?
  4. What is Carer’s Allowance Supplement?
  5. What if I take a break from caring?
  6. What is the Carer's Premium?
  7. What is Universal Credit?
  8. What are Carer’s Credits?
  9. Can I get Council Tax Discounts?
  10. Next steps
Universal Credit (UC) is a new benefit that gets paid monthly.

Universal Credit (UC) is a new benefit that gets paid monthly. You can get UC if you have little or no income and low levels of savings and capital.

 UC will replace the following benefits:

If you are getting any of the benefits that UC is replacing, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will move you to UC at some time before 2022.

UC is made up of ‘Elements’. There are various Elements of UC you can get depending on your circumstances. This includes a Carer’s Element. You qualify if you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone who gets:

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  1. Overview
  2. What is Carer’s Allowance?
  3. How is Carer’s Allowance (CA) affected by other benefits?
  4. What is Carer’s Allowance Supplement?
  5. What if I take a break from caring?
  6. What is the Carer's Premium?
  7. What is Universal Credit?
  8. What are Carer’s Credits?
  9. Can I get Council Tax Discounts?
  10. Next steps
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