Policy in Practice

Discover the benefits

of moving into employment

Working can benefit you

Find out how by using these tools

 Policy in Practice

Compare the benefits of being in employment


Work out the benefits of moving into employment in one handy place and how Universal Credit will affect you.

If you’re not sure what benefits you may be entitled to, or would like to understand how Universal Credit will affect you, then this is a great place to start.

With the change to Universal Credit, you will receive your benefits in one lump sum every month instead of lots of smaller payments. If you would like help in managing this change and would like to understand how it will affect you, the Policy in Practice tool can help.

The Policy in Practice tools can:

  • Calculate what benefits you are entitled to when out of work
  • Compare your current benefit entitlement to moving into employment
  • Calculate the extra benefits added to earnings you would get if employed, or are employed
  • Help you budget and manage your money

If you get stuck at any time, you can chat online to get instant help.

The Universal Benefit Calculator covers the current system, as well as Universal Credit, and can compare the two systems side-by-side, so you can see how the change will affect you.

It provides a better off in work calculation and includes additional features, such as Free School Meals and the costs of work.

The Budgeting Calculator takes into account your earnings, benefit income and how much you spend, so you can see where your money is being spent.

The tool also provides individual advice on how you could save money and can also help you to plan the best way to do this.


Please note that if you have a query about your entitlement to Universal Credit you should call the Universal Credit helpline on 0345 600 0723.

We may share your information with our supply chain.

Your information will not be used for marketing or any other purposes.

Policy in Practice

How will working and Universal Credit affect you? Find out here