The Government has introduced Universal Credit as part of the welfare reforms.
Universal Credit is a single monthly payment that will replace 6 existing benefits for working age people.
It will eventually replace:
Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based)
Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
Working Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit
Universal Credit is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions and not local councils.
Those customers claiming Universal Credit (UC) will have their housing costs paid as part of their UC and will no longer be entitled to claim Housing Benefit.
The following customers can continue claiming Housing Benefit;
Pension age claimants.
Customers who live in Supported Accommodation. This is accommodation where you receive such support as care, supervision or counselling and advice. Some examples of supported accommodation are hostels, refuges and supported living complexes.
Customers with three or more children.
If you require help to make an online application please contact us on 01902 6966668.
Council Tax Support
Council Tax Support is NOT included in Universal Credit therefore you will still be able to claim this from South Staffordshire Council. It is important that your claim for Council Tax Support is made as early as possible. You will need to apply online.
Change in Circumstances
If you currently get Housing Benefit and have a change in your circumstances it may mean you have to move on to Universal Credit. If this is the case you will need to make an online claim for Universal Credit. You should tell us about the change as normal and we will tell you if this means a new claim for Universal Credit has to be made. To report any changes in circumstances please email Benefits@sstaffs.gov.uk or call 01902 6966668
Please note that if you already receive Housing Benefit and Universal Credit is claimed, your Housing Benefit entitlement will end on the date in which Universal Credit is claimed.
Already receiving Universal Credit
If you are already receiving Universal Credit you will need to contact Universal Credit to report the change in your circumstances. Council Tax Reduction will remain with the Council as per the advice above.
Universal Credit and Landlords
Landlords come together about Universal Credit
South Staffordshire Council are working with the Department for Work and Pensions on a campaign to reach out to both Social and Private Rental Sector landlords to provide information about Universal Credit that will help them support their tenants. DWP has developed a new suite of landlord communication products including a top tips guide, new videos and a new section of the Understanding Universal Credit website for landlords.
Download Landlord Top Tips for more advice and support