Universal Credit is being rolled out in different areas, replacing six legacy benefits which are being phased out. Many people will receive a larger payment under Universal Credit while some payments will remain the same, such as for Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
Universal Credit supports people on low incomes in providing funds to help with their daily living costs.
To be eligible, a person must be aged 18 or over, live in the UK and be under state pension age.
Applicants must provide details of their bank, building society or credit union, as well as an email address and proof of identity.
Proof of identity can include a driving licence, passport, debit or credit card, or a payslip or P60.