Universal credit: How to claim

Universal credit or housing benefit?

You usually have to apply for universal credit if you make a new benefits claim for help with rent and other living costs.

You can still make a new claim for housing benefit if any of the following apply:
  • you or your partner are of pension age
  • you claim other benefits which include a severe disability premium
  • you're staying in a refuge, hostel or some types of supported or temporary housing

If you're already getting housing benefit, you can continue to claim this unless you move to a different council area or have a change in your household or employment status.

'Universal credit has replaced several older benefits'

Our housing adviser Kate tells you which benefits have been replaced by universal credit.

Last updated 01 Feb 2019 | © Shelter

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