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The Government has announced the Universal Credit Full Service roll out dates for the remainder of the Country. The full list of sites can be found online https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-transition-to-full-service.

Anglia Revenues Partnership sites will see Universal Credit Full Service introduced during the following months –

  • Lowestoft – from 25th May 2016
  • Beccles and the remainder of Waveney area – from October 2017
  • St Edmundsbury Borough Council  – from October 2017
  • Breckland Council – from March 2018
  • East Cambridgeshire District Council – from May 2018
  • Fenland District Council – from May 2018
  • Suffolk Coastal District Council – from June 2018
  • Forest Heath District Council – from September 2018

What is Universal Credit and Can I Claim?

Universal Credit is a single, monthly benefit that is being rolled out across the country in stages

Universal Credit Full Service means all new claims to “legacy benefits” will need to be made to Universal Credit. Legacy Benefits are - Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance.

People living in Supported Accommodation may still be able to apply for Housing Benefit. The rules regarding this are complex and if you think you are living in supported accommodation, please speak to your Landlord, or contact us, to confirm.

Some families, with more than two children, living in Universal Credit Full Service sites will still be able claim “legacy benefits” including Housing Benefit following 6th April 2017. For further information and to find out if you should claim Housing Benefit or Universal Credit please visit www.gov.uk/universal-credit/eligibility

From 1st April 2017 the rules regarding young single people claiming Universal Credit has changed. This will affect single people aged 18 to 21. For further information and to find out how this might affect you please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/housing-costs-for-18-to-21-year-olds

How Is It Paid?

Universal Credit is paid into your bank or building society account each month. It is a single monthly payment which means it is your responsibility to budget your expenses such as rent. If you would like help or advice with managing money see our Advice on Money Management page.

What Can I Get?

What you can get will depend on your circumstances. The calculation starts with the standard allowance and from here additional elements are added on, such as if you have children and need childcare or if you also need money to help with your housing costs. You can find out more at the Universal Credit website: Universal Credit, Calculating Universal Credit

How Do I Apply?

You can apply online for Universal Credit

Further Information for Claimants

You can find out more about Universal Credit and what it means for you at:

As part of Universal Credit, a website has been created dedicated to helping you find work. The Daily Job Seeker website  offers advice, hints and tips for creating a CV as well as how to prepare for an interview.

Advice for Landlords

The Department for Work and Pensions has created a dedicated page on their website for Universal Credit and rented housing. You will also find useful information regarding Universal Credit for Landlords on the Money Advice Service website.