Universal Credit provides payments for claimants who are on low income or who are out of work. The actual payments will vary from person to person but there are standard allowances in place which people will receive as a minimum.
Claimants must also be between 18 years old and state pension age.
On top of this, the claimant (and their partner) must not have more than £16,000 in savings and they must live in the UK.
Some people may also be able to claim if they’re in training or studying full time.
Claimants in these circumstances who are over 18 will be able to make a new Universal Credit claim if any of the following apply:
There are some instances where a person aged 16 or 17 can claim Universal Credit.
They’ll be able to do so if any of the following applies:
- They have limited capability for work or you have medical evidence and are waiting for a Work Capability Assessment
- They’re caring for a severely disabled person
- They’re responsible for a child
- They’re in a couple with responsibility for at least one child and their partner is eligible for Universal Credit
- They’re pregnant and it’s 11 weeks or less before the expected week of childbirth
- They’ve had a child in the last 15 weeks
- They do not have parental support, for example they’re estranged from their parents and are not under local authority care