Universal Credit is part of the Government’s Welfare Reform. It is a new benefit that is replacing the six existing benefits with a single monthly payment if you are out of work or on a low income.
Universal Credit is replacing:
Oldham Job Centre started taking claims for Universal Credit from a small group of claimants; single people only, on 29 July 2013. Couples started to claim Universal Credit from 28th July 2014 and families from January 2015, all claimants being switched to Universal Credit by 2017.
For further information on The Welfare Reform please visit the Government page