Opening up work.
Universal Credit is ‘opening up work’ and allowing access to a wider range of jobs by:
Helping make sure you’re always better off in work than on benefits.
Allowing part-time and short-term work to act as a stepping stone into work.
Providing you with support from a work coach to help you every step of the way.
Enabling you to work more than 16 hours a week and still claim Universal Credit.
Paying towards your childcare costs, giving you more flexible working hours.
If you’re on a low income or out of work, Universal Credit helps you to find a job or increase the hours you work.
Find out more about how Universal Credit can help you into work.
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How Universal Credit works.
Taking a job will always be worth your while – even if it’s just for a few hours a week or a temporary job – and there are no limits to the hours you can work.
When you start work or increase your hours, Universal Credit will top up your earnings each month. It will gradually reduce as your earnings increase. And if your job ends, it’s easy to start your Universal Credit payments again.
If you’re a parent, you can also claim up to 85% of childcare costs. Find out more about childcare support for parents.