Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a benefit for working age people that replaces a number of existing benefits, including Housing Benefit / Local Housing Allowance.

It is a monthly payment to help with basic living expenses and housing costs if you are on a low income or out of work.

Find out more about Universal Credit

Claim Universal Credit

You can use the Citizens Advice Bureau postcode checker to see if you are eligible to claim Universal Credit and you can apply online here

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

However there are some exceptions to this eg. if you live in supported accommodation.

If you cannot claim Universal Credit you should apply for Housing Benefit / Local Housing Allowance

If you receive Universal Credit you do need to claim for Council Tax Support separately.

Housing Benefit / Local Housing Allowance and Council Tax Support claim form (PDF, 1.54MB)

If in doubt please do not hesitate to contact us