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If you are of working age, you may no longer be able to make a new claim for Housing Benefit unless you fall into one of the categories below. 

Instead, you will need to claim Universal Credit (UC) from the Department for Work and Pensions for help with your housing costs.

You need to check the GOV.UK website to see if you are likely to be eligible for UC and possibly housing costs.

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What is Universal Credit?

Universal Credit (UC) replaces the following benefits:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC)
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)

It means that instead of getting different types of benefits at different times, any of these benefits you are entitled to will be included in one monthly Universal Credit payment.

By working age, this means people aged between 18 and the qualifying age for Pension Credit.

Who can still make a new claim for Housing Benefit?

You will still need to claim Housing Benefit for help with your rent if you come under one of the following 5 groups:

  • live in supported accommodation, or pay for rent, care, support & supervision from a housing association, registered charity or voluntary organisation
  • live in temporary accommodation and have been placed there by us due to homelessness
  • live in a hostel or refuge from domestic violence
  • have reached the age to qualify for State Pension Credit
  • qualify for a severe disability premium single or couple rate (you receive ESA, DLA Care (higher rate) or PIP (daily living component)); you must not have anyone else living with you, or have anyone that claims Carers Allowance for you.

Can I still get help with my Council Tax?

Universal Credit does not include help with paying your Council Tax bill and you must still apply for this online.     

Make a new claim for Housing Benefit/Council Tax Reduction;

I don't come under any of the above categories; what do I do to get help with my housing costs?

You need to check the GOV.UK website to see if you are likely to be eligible for UC and possibly housing costs.

Universal Credit help

You can find further information about Universal Credit on the GOV.UK website.