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Universal credit

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:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit

If you live within St Helens, you will normally be directed to claim Universal Credit instead of the above benefits.

Exceptions:

  • If you live in supported or placed in temporary accommodation, you should claim Universal Credit but will receive help with your rent via Housing Benefit. 
  • Until 1 February 2019, you will be unable to claim Universal Credit if you have 3 or more children and you have not claimed Universal Credit within the last 6 months.  You should apply for one or more of the above legacy benefits instead.
  • From 16 January 2019, you will be unable to claim Universal Credit if you currently receive or were in receipt of a Severe Disability Premium within the last month and you remain entitled.

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:

  • Disability Living Allowance care component at the middle or higher rate
  • Personal Independence Payment daily living component at the standard or enhance rate
  • Attendance Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment.

 

How to Claim Universal Credit

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:

  • St Helens Jobcentre Plus, Gregson House, 2 Central Street, St Helens, WA10 1UF; or
  • St Helens Council, Wesley House, Corporation Street, St Helens, WA10 1HF

Universal Credit helpline:
Telephone: 0800 328 5644
Textphone: 0800 328 1344

More information and Advice

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:

Other Awards

If you qualify for Universal Credit you may also be entitled to other awards:

If you are in rented accommodation

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.