Craven District Council

Craven District Council

Universal Credit

Universal Credit started in Craven in October 2016. It replaces 6 existing benefits with a single monthly payment if you are out of work or on a low income.

Universal Credit replaces:

  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credits
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Housing Benefit


Jobcentre Plus will administer Universal Credit although the Council will provide additional support to some claimants.

Claims for Universal Credit cannot be backdated unless there are exceptional circumstances. You MUST NOT delay making your claim.

Visit our Universal Credit Checker website to check if you should claim Universal Credit and for more information about it.

You will not be able to claim help with your Council Tax within Universal Credit. A separate claim form will be required and evidence will need to be provided to Craven District Council.  


More information on Universal Credit is available on the UK Government Universal Credit website