Universal Credit is part of the government’s Welfare Reform policy. The government is making the benefits system simpler by replacing the following benefits with one monthly household payment:
- Housing Benefit, unless you live in supported exempt accommodation
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
Universal Credit does not replace Council Tax Support (CTS), or Housing Benefit (HB) for people living in supported exempt accommodation such as hostels or sheltered accommodation.
Who is affected?
Universal Credit affects everyone applying for any of the above benefits, unless:
- you are over the Pension Credit qualifying age (link opens in new window), or
- you have 3 or more children living in your household
Where is affected
Universal Credit is being rolled out gradually across the country.
You will need to apply for Universal Credit instead of Housing Benefit from 24 October 2018, if your postcode starts with:
- LU5 5
- LU5 6
You will need to apply for Universal Credit instead of Housing Benefit from 21 November 2018, if your postcode starts with:
- LU5 4
- SG5 3
- SG5 4
- SG19 1
- SG19 2
- SG19 3
You will need to apply for Universal Credit instead of Housing Benefit from 5 December 2018, if your postcode starts with:
- MK17 8
- MK17 9
If you live in the following postcode areas, you already need to qualify for Universal Credit.
- AL3 8
- AL5 3
- MK43 0
- MK43 9
- MK44 3
- MK45 1
- MK45 2
- MK45 3
- MK45 4
- MK45 5
- MK45 9
- SG7 5
If you live in supported exempt accommodation, such as a hostel or sheltered accommodation, you will be able to get Housing Benefit as well as Universal Credit – please contact us if you think that your accommodation may qualify.
If you are already getting any of the benefits being replaced by Universal Credit, you will be able to continue getting them until your circumstances change. If you make a new claim, you will be told to claim Universal Credit instead.
Find out more
Visit the GOV.UK - Universal Credit (link opens in new window) page to find out more about Universal Credit, including when you may be affected, and how to claim.