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Other benefits overview

How other benefits may affect your Universal Credit

Universal Credit replaces the benefits listed below, so it is not possible to get them at the same time as Universal Credit.

  • Jobseeker's Allowance (income based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit (with the exception of those in supported exempt accommodation)
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit

You may get these benefits in addition to Universal Credit but they will affect the amount of UC you receive:

  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (new style)
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Jobseeker's Allowance (new style)
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance (SDA)
  • Widowed Mother's Allowance
  • Widowed Parent's Allowance
  • Widow's Pension
  • benefits from a country outside the United Kingdom

This is not a complete list.

How benefit income affects Universal Credit

If you or your partner get any of these benefits the amount you receive will be taken fully into account. This means that for every £1 of these benefits you receive, your Universal Credit payment will reduce by £1.

When working out your Universal Credit, some other benefits are not taken into account (for example, Child Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, war pensions and some others).