Universal credit is a new benefit that will eventually replace a number of benefits, including housing benefit. Find out more.
Universal credit is a new benefit being introduced in stages across the UK.
Universal credit replaces housing benefit, certain tax credits and some means tested benefits. Certain benefits will no longer be available.
Housing costs has replaced housing benefit if you’re claiming universal credit. See how the single monthly payment will affect your housing costs.
Universal credit helps with housing costs such as rent, mortgage interest and some service charges. Find out about housing costs and universal credit.
Universal credit may be paid direct to your landlord if you have trouble managing money or have rent arrears. A landlord may even ask for direct payments.
You may have to wait up to five weeks for your first universal credit payment, but can apply for a short-term advance if the wait will cause you hardship
If you're claiming universal credit and need to pay an unexpected one-off or emergency expense, a budgeting advance may be able to help you.