Moving to Universal Credit from other benefits
Many people apply for Universal Credit after they’ve had a change of circumstances, such as losing their job or a change in their situation at home. But if you’re already receiving other benefits and tax credits, it might be worth considering whether claiming Universal Credit instead would be better for you.
Have a look at all the different ways in which Universal Credit could help you, and use a benefits calculator to get an understanding of what support may be available and how much you might get.
If you’re in this situation, it’s important to make sure you will be able to get Universal Credit before you apply for it. If you currently receive other benefits or tax credits and submit a claim for Universal Credit, those other benefits and tax credits will end immediately. If your benefit or tax credit award ends it cannot be re-opened, and it will not be possible to make a new benefit or tax credit claim in the future, even if your Universal Credit application is unsuccessful.
Read more about what you need to know if you currently receive tax credits and see the Citizens Advice guide to moving to Universal Credit from other benefits.