Renfrewshire Council

Universal Credit

Universal Credit will replace Child Tax Credits, Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income Based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Related Employment and Support Allowance and Working Tax Credits.  If you currently receive any of these benefits, you can't claim Universal Credit at the same time. The aim of Universal Credit is to simplify the benefits system.  

Universal Credit is being introduced in stages across the UK.  Within Renfrewshire, Universal Credit was initially introduced for single Jobseekers from June 2015. Universal Credit was then extended in November 2016 for those living within the postcodes of Bridge of Weir, Langbank and Kilmacolm, so anyone of working age would have to claim Universal Credit instead of making a claim for any one of the six benefits it replaces.  

From September 2018, the remainder of postcodes within Renfrewshire will have to make a claim Universal Credit instead of the six benefits it replaces. Applications are made online, changes in circumstances are reported online, and engagement with work coaches and the Universal Credit Service Centre is all done online via a journal. For those earning, fluctuations in earnings will automatically be reflected in the monthly Universal Credit entitlement.