You may be able to get Universal Credit if you're:
- On a low income or out of work
- 18 or over (there are some exceptions if you’re 16 to 17)
- Under state pension age (or your partner is)
The number of children you have won’t affect your eligibility for Universal Credit but it may affect how much you get paid.
Receiving any of the old benefits?
Universal Credit will replace all the old benefits by 2024. If you’re receiving any of the old benefits (such as Housing Benefit), then you’ll stay on them unless you have a change of circumstance – like moving house, becoming unemployed or splitting up with a partner. If nothing changes, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will send you a letter when it’s time to change.