Universal Credit

Information about the Universal Credit, including how to apply.


Universal Credit was introduced in Surrey Heath on 28 November 2018. It is a single monthly payment and replaced the following benefits:

  • Income-based Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Working Tax Credits

Universal Credit Managed Migration

Universal Credit is replacing legacy benefits in the Surrey Heath Borough Council area.

In order to ensure that you continue to receive the right financial support you must claim Universal Credit when you receive the letter from the Department for Work and Pensions by the deadline supplied. For more information please visit here.

Most people will be entitled to the same amount or more on Universal Credit. If the amount you are entitled to on your existing benefits is more than you would get on Universal Credit, a top up is available. This is called transitional protection and is only available if you apply for Universal Credit before the deadline on your managed migration letter.

If you live with a partner, you will both need to claim Universal Credit by the same deadline. You must make a joint claim for your household, even if your partner is not eligible for Universal Credit.