If you are already claiming, or plan to claim any of these benefits, it is important you find out about Universal Credit and how it will affect you. You can get practical support and advice about Universal Credit from Money Advice Service.
- Housing Benefit
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
If you are affected by any of these changes and are worried about being able to pay your rent, you should ask for advice now. You should always let us know if you have problems managing your money or are in debt. If you don’t pay your rent you could lose your home, so it is important that you speak to us.
- It’s paid directly to you
- It’s paid monthly in arrears
- It’s paid into your bank account or similar
- If you live with your partner and both claim Universal Credit you will receive one monthly payment that covers both your claims.
- If you currently receive Housing Benefit or have your Housing Benefit paid directly to us it will stop.
- Your Universal Credit payment would include an amount of money to help with your rent.
- This means that you will be responsible for paying your rent yourself.
- If you don’t make rent payments you could lose your home.
- Universal Credit began being rolled out in February 2015 starting with single claimants, with couples and families following.
- To claim Universal Credit you must be aged over 18 but below Pension Credit age.
- If you and your partner are above Pension Credit age you won’t be affected by Universal Credit.
- If you already claim one of the affected benefits, you’ll continue to do so as normal and you’ll be told when Universal Credit will affect you. However, it is worth finding out more so you can prepare.
The Department for Work & Pensions have provided a Personal Planner which will show you what you need to do to be ready for Universal Credit.
It will help you to find out if you’ll need to do anything differently to manage a Universal Credit claim. DWP Universal Credit Personal Planner