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If you are a ‘Working Age’ claimant, (those who have not reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit) the ‘full service’ of Universal Credit is being rolled out across St Helens and should be completed by 18 July 2018. This means that in most circumstances, if you need help with paying your rent, you will no longer be able to claim Housing Benefit from the Council and you will need to claim your housing costs from Universal Credit instead.
If you are a ‘Pension Age’ claimant (those who have reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit) you are not affected by the Universal Credit roll-out and should continue to make a claim for Housing Benefit and or a Council Tax Reduction.
If you are Working Age, to find out if you should claim Housing Benefit or your housing costs from Universal Credit, please look at the questions below.
WA2 7 WA3 1 WA5 3 WA8 3 WN4 0 WN5 7 WN8 9
WA2 8 WA3 3 WA8 5 WN4 9
L34 2 L35 3
L34 6 L35 7
If you have answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions, you cannot claim Housing Benefit, but you should still complete a form to apply for a Council Tax Reduction, if you are liable to pay Council Tax for the property where you live.
If you are already receiving Universal Credit (UC) or have just made a claim for UC, you can still claim Housing Benefit if you live in any the following types of accommodation
If you need to make a claim for Universal Credit, claims must be made online at www.gov.uk/universalcredit/how-to-claim
If you are making a new claim for Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support or Employment & Support Allowance, you can claim by contacting the Job Centre on 0845 6013615
If you or your partner are age 60 or over and making a new claim for Pension Credit, you can claim by contacting the Pension Service on 0800 99 1234
If you need to make a claim for Housing Benefit or apply for a Council Tax Reduction please complete the Council’s claim form
Before we can pay you Housing Benefit, you will need to provide the following information along with your claim form: