This benefit has been introduced since April 2013 gradually across the country.
Universal benefit replaces the following six benefits with a single monthly payment:
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
To check whether Universal Credit has been introduced for your postcode please check at: www.gov.uk/universal-credit/eligibility
FOSTERING INCOME IS IGNORED WHEN ASSESSING YOUR ELIGIBILITY TO UNIVERSAL CREDIT
And therefore you may well be eligible to claim this benefit.
If Universal Credit has not been introduced in your area then you have various options.