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Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new benefit for working age people that replaces a number of existing benefits, including Housing Benefit. It helps with basic living expenses and housing costs if you are on a low income. Find out more about Universal Credit.

Claim Universal Credit

If you claim Universal Credit your rent costs will be included as part of your claim.  You will not normally need to claim Housing Benefit or Local Housing Allowance separately.

However there are some exceptions to this and if you are in supported accommodation, or are aged 18-21, you may continue to have Housing Benefit paid instead.

If in doubt please do not hesitate to contact us

Residents in the Harborough district can claim Universal Credit if they are single, of working age and have no children.

Universal Credit is slowly being made available to all working age couples and families - it depends on your postcode if you will be able to claim Universal Credit. Check your postocde to see if you can apply for Universal Credit (complete the online form which will tell you if can or cannot apply for Universal Credit). If you cannot claim Universal Credit yet you should apply for Housing Benefit or Local Housing Allowance.