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Universal Credit is a monthly payment to help working-age households with basic living expenses and housing costs. It is administered and paid by the Department for Work and Pensions and replaces the following working-age legacy benefits:
If you live within St Helens, you will normally be directed to claim Universal Credit instead of the above benefits.
To be entitled to the Severe Disability Premium you will need to live alone (or be classed as living alone); have no one in receipt of Carer’s Allowance or the Carer Element within Universal Credit for caring for you; and be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
Claim online at www.gov.uk/universal-credit/how-to-claim.
If you do not have direct access to the internet you can visit one of the many internet access points within St Helens at or use your own device at a local library or a free local wifi hotspot visit our Get Connected section for more information. Check our digital support section for help and advice on improving your digital skills.
If you require help making a claim visit:
Universal Credit helpline:
Telephone: 0800 328 5644
Textphone: 0800 328 1344
For any further information please visit:
If you require help with managing your money, speak to your Work Coach about free Personal Budgeting Support or visit:
If you qualify for Universal Credit you may also be entitled to other awards:
If you are in rented accommodation please remember that any housing costs will normally be paid directly to you and not your landlord. You will need to make arrangements to pay your rent.