Universal Credit Advice for Council Tenants

What Universal Credit means to you if you are a council tenant.

The UK government has introduced a new type of benefit called Universal Credit for people who are seeking work or on a low income. It will eventually replace many of the benefits and tax credits you may be getting at the moment.

Each year from April you must log onto your UC journal and complete a change of circumstances with your new rent charge by signing on to your Universal Credit account here. If you have not done this, it's not too late, please update it now with the change from 6 April 2020. Failure to do this will result in rent arrears owing. You can find your rent charge by using the Tenants' Self Service.

 

How do I claim Universal Credit?

What I will need to apply

What if I get help with my rent?

Once you are on Universal Credit and start working, you will need to tell the DWP of your change of circumstances, but do not close your claim as you may still be entitled to some Universal Credit. Please see the Icon for pdf DWP's [84.85KB] leaflet.

For more information, please see the Icon for pdf Universal Credit Booklet [1.27MB] and council's Universal Credit page