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Universal Credit is a monthly payment to help you with your living costs. It is administered and paid by the Department for Work and Pensions.
It will eventually replace the following working-age benefits:
You may be able to claim Universal Credit depending on your circumstances and the postcode area you live in. If you are not eligible to claim Universal Credit you will still be able to apply for the above benefits.
If you pay rent, your housing costs will normally be paid with your Universal Credit any you will no longer claim Housing Benefit from the Council.
You may however still be eligible for help with your Council Tax through the Council Tax Reduction Scheme
Universal Credit full service is the new digital service. It is available to new applicants living within the following postcode areas in St Helens:
|Now||Warrington / Widnes
Ormskirk / Skelmersdale
|WA2 7; WA2 8; WA3 7; WA5 3; WA8 3; WA8 5; WN8 9|
|18 April 2018||Wigan||WA3 1; WN4 0; WN4 9; WN5 7|
|May 2018||Huyton||L34 2; L34 6; L34 8; L35 3; L35 7|
|July 2018||St Helens||Remaining|
Visit www.gov.uk/universal-credit/eligibility for further information
For a temporary period, you will be unable to claim Universal Credit if you have 3 or more children and you have not claimed Universal Credit in the last six months. You should apply for other benefits instead including Housing Benefit.
If you live in supported accommodation, you will continue to receive help with your rent via Housing Benefit.
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 find my nearest centre.
Universal Credit helpline:
Telephone: 0800 328 9344
Textphone: 0800 328 1344
For any further information please visit www.gov.uk/universalcredit
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.
Local social housing landlords contact details:
Tel: 0300 100 0303
If you live in a privately rented property or you are a private landlord you can find out more information about how Universal Credit and claiming housing costs in the Universal Credit and rented housing: guide for landlords