Universal Credit is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefit delivered by Job Centre Plus for people of working age. It replaces several in and out of work benefits with a monthly payment including:
- housing benefit
- income support (IS)
- jobseeker's allowance (JSA)
- income-related employment and support allowance (ESA)
- child tax credit
- working tax credit.
It covers housing costs for many people but not all.
You’ll need to claim Housing Benefit to help with your rent if you:
- have three or more children; or
- live in supported or temporary accommodation; or
- are Pension Credit age.
Help with Council Tax
Universal Credit does not cover help with Council Tax. You must apply separately.