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Universal Credit (Scottish flexibilities)

Universal Credit is a payment reserved to the UK Government that combines six in- and out-of-work benefits into a single monthly payment. It replaces:

  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Income Support

The UK Government will continue to roll out Universal Credit for new claims until September 2018. Following that people in receipt of the benefits above will be transferred over to Universal Credit over a period of time. The roll out will not be finished until 2022.

Scottish flexibilities

We do not decide the value of the Universal Credit payment or who receives it, however the Scotland Act 2016 granted us some administrative flexibilities.

On 29 June 2017, regulations were laid in the Scottish Parliament to help people by making their Universal Credit payments more flexible. The regulations will give Universal Credit claimants in Scotland the option of:

  • being paid Universal Credit twice a month rather than monthly
  • having their Universal Credit housing element being paid directly to landlords

We consulted on the draft regulations needed to implement the first two flexibilities between 16 January 2017 and 13 March 2017. Read the Universal Credit claims and benefits consultation analysis.

Other benefits for recipients of Universal Credit

Recipients of Universal Credit are automatically eligible for the following benefits, managed and paid by us: