Universal Credit makes it easier to take up job opportunities, so you can say yes when you’re offered a new role.
Universal Credit is different to the old system because you could continue to get Universal Credit even when you start work. Your total income from earnings and Universal Credit combined will always be more than you would have received from Universal Credit alone. Your Universal Credit payment will be reduced by 55p for every £1 you earn. In other words, you will receive an additional 45p from Universal Credit for every £1 you earn through work, up to a limit that depends on your circumstances.
And if you’re responsible for children, and/or have been assessed as having limited capability for work, you can earn a certain amount before your Universal Credit payments are affected. All this means you can take any job, including part-time work, even if it’s just a few hours a week. You can also take work with variable hours, knowing that your Universal Credit payments will increase again if your earnings are lower than usual. Universal Credit helps make sure any job will be worth your while, and it could be an important stepping stone to more hours or another role. Find out more about Universal Credit and work.