I get Tax Credits (Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit) and live in Newcastle. Do I have to claim Universal Credit?

I get Tax Credits (Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit) and live in Newcastle. Do I have to claim Universal Credit?

The Government is writing to some people inviting them to claim Universal Credit. These 'migration notices' are part of a process known as managed migration.

If you claim Tax Credits and live in Newcastle

From 8 January 2024, you will receive this government letter if you:

  • receive Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit 
  • are of working age (including couples with one person of pension age)
  • do not receive Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income based Jobseekers Allowance and Income related Employment and Support Allowance

If you receive a 'migration notice' do not ignore it. Your Tax Credits will stop after 3 months.

Why should I claim Universal Credit?

You should claim Universal Credit to protect your income and other things like free school meals, help with prescriptions, cost of living payment etc. 

What else should I claim?

Universal Credit does not replace Council Tax Support so:

Universal Credit is replacing 6 means tested benefits listed above. All other benefits still continue.

Applying for Universal Credit

You normally have to apply online for Universal Credit through the Government website. But you can also make a telephone claim.

Apply for Universal Credit on Gov.uk

Support with Universal Credit in Newcastle

These services can help you claim Universal Credit and support you if you have difficulty:

More information about moving to Universal Credit

Find out more about the move to Universal Credit