Universal Credit is a benefit payment, which replaces six working age benefits with a single monthly payment.
The six benefits being replaced by Universal Credit are:
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Child Tax Credits
- Working Tax Credits
- Housing Benefits
Anyone who makes a new claim for one or more of these benefits will now claim Universal Credit.
Universal Credit includes the housing element which replaces housing benefit. If you are entitled to the housing element, this will be paid to you and you must use this to pay your rent.
Currently you will still have to claim Housing Benefit:
- If you are the qualifying age to claim Pension Credit, or
- You are living in supported or exempt accommodation, or
- You or your partner are currently getting one of the above benefits that includes a Severe Disability Premium, or if the benefit ended in the last month, continue to be eligible for a Severe Disability Premium.
Universal Credit does not include assistance with your Council Tax. You must claim Council Tax Reduction separately. However if you are a Doncaster resident and you claim Universal Credit, if you indicate on your Universal Credit claim that you wish to claim Council Tax Reduction, we will treat the information we receive from Universal Credit as an application for Council Tax Reduction.
If you are already receiving any of the six benefits listed above, and your circumstances do not change, you won’t be affected straight away. Universal Credit is being introduced gradually across the UK so you don’t need to do anything until you hear from the Department for Work and Pensions about moving to Universal Credit.
To find out more about Universal Credit and how it will affect you visit the government website Gov.UK. Further useful information is available on Understanding Universal Credit or by phoning the Universal Credit helpline number 0800 3285644.
If the above do not apply to you; you need to claim Universal Credit to help with your rent. You can claim Universal Credit on the Gov.uk Universal Credit page. The Universal Credit claim is made online; Doncaster Digital Venues is a list of locations in Doncaster where you can access a computer to claim.