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Benefits are changing big time for working age people. The Government has created Universal Credit as a new type of benefit designed to support people who are on a low income or out of work. It will replace six existing benefits and is currently being rolled out across the UK. 

What is it?



It brings together the main out of work benefits:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit.

When is it coming?

Universal Credit is being rolled out gradually in Wolverhampton, depending on your postcode. 

We have included a map so that you can see when Universal Credit will come to your area (click on the map to view a bigger version) and we have included the dates and postcode areas in a table (scroll down the page).


Map showing the Universal Credit roll out dates


When? Who? Where?
February 2016 Single people
- claiming for the first time.
All areas of Wolverhampton
December 2017 Couples and families
- claiming for the first time.
WV1, WV2, WV3, WV4, WV8, WV9, WV10 9, WV14. 
February 2018 Couples and families
- claiming for the first time.
WV6, WV10 0, WV10 6, WV10 7, WV10 8, WV11.
October 2018 Couples and families
- claiming for the first time.
WV12, WV13.
July 2019-2022 Existing claimants
- will be invited to transition to Universal Credit. You will need to apply, it won't be an automatic process.
All areas of Wolverhampton
March 2022 All claimants should be on Universal Credit. All areas of Wolverhampton

What do I need to do?

If you're already claiming any of the benefits in the list, you'll be contacted after September 2018 to transfer over to Universal Credit. It seems a long way off, but you'll need to be ready, make sure you've done all of the things on this list before then

  1. Email address: Make sure you've got an up to date email address as claims will be online.
  2. Mobile phone number: to receive texts about updating your  "Universal Credit online journal".
  3. Bank Account: Make sure you've got a bank or credit union account as your Universal Credit will be paid direct to you into an account.
  4. Start saving: Your Universal Credit will be paid monthly in arrears but you'll still need to pay your rent in advance. (Rent won't be paid direct to us, you'll need to pay it yourself.) Why not open a credit union account and save a little each week or month so that you'll have your first rent payment ready? (You'll get interest on your savings too.)
  5. Verify: Before you can make a claim for Universal Credit, you'llneed to confirm your identity using Verify. Find out more on our Verify page.



How can I get more information?

For more help and advice on Universal Credit, visit www.ucwolves.com

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