16 Facts About Universal Credit

1. Universal Credit is a working-age benefit that is replacing a lot of existing social security benefits like income-based Jobseeker's Allowance and Housing Benefit.

2. Universal Credit is usually paid into your bank, building society or credit union account.

3. Universal Credit supports you if you are on a low income or out of work.

4. Universal Credit is a single payment that is paid monthly.

5. Universal Credit is paid monthly in arrears, so you'll have to wait one calendar month from the date you submitted your application before your first UC payment is made.

6. Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work.

7. Universal Credit signed on to Universal Credit to cover his rent and living costs while he got the help he so desperately needed.

8. Universal Credit replaces six benefits with a single monthly payment.

9. Universal Credit wrote an open letter to Iain Duncan Smith and Lord Freud as part of a campaign to call halt to current plans and embark instead on a "systems approach".

10. Universal Credit has faced other criticism: the architect of Tax Credits, former Labour Chancellor and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, has warned that a hard-to-navigate application system and cuts to the value of the new payment for some groups of claimants risk bringing a million more children into poverty and adding to demand on food banks.

11. Universal Credit is a United Kingdom social security payment that is intended to simplify working-age benefits and to incentivise paid work.

12. Universal Credit is about making sure you are better off in work.

13. Universal Credit is part of a package of measures in the Welfare Reform Act 2012, which received Royal Assent on 9 March 2012.

14. Universal Credit has some similarities to Lady Williams' idea of a negative income tax, but it should not be confused with the universal basic income policy idea.

15. Universal Credit was legislated for in the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

16. Universal Credit is a United Kingdom social security payment that is intended to simplify working age benefits and to incentivise paid work.