Universal Credit in East Sussex

A new benefit called Universal Credit has been gradually introduced in the UK. It has been introduced in East Sussex from the following dates:

1. Monday 20th April 2015 in Hastings and Rother and,

2. Monday 1st June 2015 in Wealden, Eastbourne and Lewes.

Universal Credit is a single payment for people who are looking for work or on a low income.

Find out more on GOV.UK

Who is affected?

The people who are affected by the first tranche of this introduction from the above dates are single people aged between 18 and 60 years and 6 months who make a new claim and would otherwise have been eligible for income-based Jobseekers Allowance.

Who is not affected?

The following people are not yet affected by the introduction of Universal Credit in East Sussex:

  • people with children
  • pregnant women
  • people who receive a disability-related benefit
  • people who receive a sickness-related benefit
  • homeless people
  • people living in accommodation that includes support
  • 16 and 17 year olds

Please note that there are no plans to introduce Universal Credit for older people.