E2.102 Details of universal credit

Personal and employment tax

E2.102 Details of universal credit

E2.102 Details of universal credit


Eligibility and award of universal credit

Universal credit applies to individuals living in the UK who are 18 years old or more, and have savings of no more than £16,000 either held individually or between joint claimants1. An award may include four main elements2:


    •     the standard allowance


    •     an amount relating to children


    •     housing costs


    •     an amounts relating to other particular needs such as a disability or health condition

Applications for the universal credit can be made online or though the claimants local Jobcentre Plus.

The impact of earnings

The award is calculated on a case by case basis. It is then reduced by a percentage of the claimants earnings. However claimants with children or a disability or health condition, can earn up to a certain amount (a work allowance) before the

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