Will I Be Worse Off On Universal Credits?

What benefits are not affected by universal credit?

The following benefits currently remain outside of Universal Credit and will not be affected by the changes: council tax support.

carer’s allowance.

contribution-based jobseeker’s allowance and employment and support allowance..

How much can I earn before Universal Credit is reduced?

There’s no limit to the amount you earn while on Universal Credit but the payment reduces as you earn more. It’s called a taper rate – because the UC tapers off as your wages go up.

Can I go back to tax credits from universal credit?

Can I claim tax credits and universal credit together? No. The general rule is that you cannot claim tax credits (working tax credit and/or child tax credit) at the same time as UC.

How many hours can I work without it affecting universal credit?

You can work as many hours as you like when you’re on Universal Credit. There are no limits as there are with existing benefits such as Income Support or Working Tax Credits. If you’re in paid work you might be entitled to a work allowance.