16 and 17 year olds
Full-time education or training
Pension Credit - the qualifying age
How much you will get
Universal Credit and earnings
If you are employed, there is no limit to how many hours you can work, but your payments will reduce gradually as you earn more, for every £1 you earn your payment will be reduced by 63p.
The work allowance
If you, or your partner are responsible for a child or young person, or you, or your partner are living with a disability or health condition that affects your ability to work, you are entitled to earn a certain amount before your Universal Credit is reduced. This is known as your work allowance and will be reduced if you receive help with your housing costs.
Monthly work allowance;
You get help with housing costs;
You do not get help with housing costs;
If your monthly earnings exceed £2,500 over the amount where your payment stopped, you will have ‘surplus earnings’.
Surplus earnings will be carried forward to the following month, where they count towards your earnings. If your earnings (including your surplus earnings) are then still over the amount where your payment stops, you will not be eligible for a Universal Credit payment.
If your earnings fall below the amount where your payment stopped, the surplus will decrease. Once your surplus has gone, you will have entitlement to a Universal Credit payment again. It will be necessary to reclaim Universal Credit every month until your earnings have reduced enough to be eligible for another payment.
Further information can be obtained from your work coach and your personal statement in your online journal will show your work allowance and when your surplus has reduced.
You and your partner separate
If you separate from your partner (and you have a joint claim) , any surplus earnings will be divided equally between you. You will both have to make an individual claim and your individual part of the surplus earnings will count towards your earnings.
If you’re a victim of domestic abuse any surplus earnings from your partner will not be taken on by you. You can contact your work coach in this situation.
If you’re self-employed a loss, as well as any surplus will be carried over to the following month. Any loss will be deducted from your next month’s earnings.
How Universal Credit is paid
Breaching your claimant agreement
Change in circumstances
Severe Disability Premium
If you are receiving a severe disability premium, or obtained the premium within the last month and still eligible, you are not entitled to claim Universal Credit. If you do have a change in your circumstances that affects the severe disability premium or your other benefits, you need to report the change and you will be advised about what you need to do next.
Checking your Universal Credit Payments
Once you are in receipt of your Universal Credit payment, we recommend that you make sure that you can navigate around your online portal. Please visit our webpage which provides a screenshot of an online portal Home Page.