What happens to my current benefits?

CORONAVIRUS: Many people have been told to claim Universal Credit because their income has dropped due to the Coronavirus – but this may not be their only option – especially if they are already getting Tax Credits and/or Housing Benefit. See our Coronavirus pages for more information.

What happens to my current benefits?

When you make a claim for Universal Credit some of your existing benefits will stop.

Below we consider the most common benefits. If you are getting a benefit that is not listed below, then that benefit should not stop – if you would like to know how it affects your Universal Credit award, then please contact a Benefits Adviser.

If you have been getting Employment and Support Allowance prior to claiming Universal Credit, then special rules may apply.
See If you have a health problem that affects your ability to work for more information.

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