Welfare Reform

Universal Credit

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:

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit

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

Benefit Calculator

Our free online calculator to check you are claiming the full income you qualify for.

Benefits Calculator

Spare Rooms

If you have a spare bedroom this will have affected you. Find out more about Discretionary Housing Payments.

Bedroom Tax

Benefit Cap

More about how this may affect you.

Benefit Cap