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 pension age
  • you have 3 or more children
  • you're in a refuge 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.

Last updated 13 Dec 2018 | © Shelter

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