Universal credit is a government benefit scheme for those who are out of work or on a low income.
The scheme is replacing six older types of benefits and tax credits, and has gradually been rolled out across the UK. The government plans to move all households claiming those older benefits across to universal credit by the end of 2024.
The amount you'll be paid from universal credit depends on your circumstances, such as how much you earn, whether you have any savings, whether you have children or other dependents, are disabled or have a health condition, care for a disabled person or need help with housing payments.
You can claim whether you're working or unemployed, and you'll usually receive one payment each month.
If you would like help towards your council tax, you will need apply to us separately for local council tax support.