Housing Benefit & Universal Credit

Housing Benefit is a benefit designed to help you pay your rent if you’re on a low income. It can pay for part, or all of your rent. How much you get depends on your income and circumstances.

Universal Credit is a new single benefit, for working age people, which replaces several benefits including Housing Benefit, with a single monthly payment direct to your bank. It aims to make the move into work easier, and can support you whilst working and on a low income.

Universal Credit is currently available in some of the Anglia Revenues Councils’ postcode areas:

St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Suffolk Coastal District Council

Waveney District Council

Check if your postcode is included

Universal Credit will cover housing costs for most working age people and remove the need to claim Housing Benefit.  For further information, to see if you are eligible, and to apply, visit: www.gov.uk/universal-credit

For help with Council Tax you will need to complete a separate claim for Council Tax Reduction.

If Universal Credit is not available in your area, you will need to make a claim for Housing Benefit.

Universal Credit Full Service across the Anglia Revenues Partnership area

Universal Credit full Service will be introduced on the following dates:

Breckland District Council – May & June 2018

East Cambridgeshire District Council – September 2018

Fenland District Council – September 2018

Suffolk Coastal District Council – April 2018 & October 2018

Forest Heath District Council – December 2018

Further Information for Claimants

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

  • Money Advice Service
  • Sky channel 539 and press the red button
  • Virgin channel 233 and press the red button

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.