What is Universal Credit?
Universal Credit is a part of the government’s welfare reform changes. Universal Credit will eventually replace the following existing legacy benefits and tax credits, which will instead be paid to you in a single monthly payment:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
Universal Credit provides a single system of support for working-age people who are in or out of work and will usually be paid in a single monthly sum to households. It is based on your income and the amount of savings you have.
While it is not yet implemented everywhere, Universal Credit began in Ashford in April 2015. It applies to new, single, working-age jobseekers’ allowance claimants only without any children or any other complex needs.
Universal Credit Full Service
Universal Credit Full Service was rolled out to all new working age claimants in Ashford from 20 June 2018.
This means that if you live in the Ashford borough, from 20 June 2018 you will not be able to make a new claim for Housing Benefit unless you:
- Have reached State Pension Age (Visit Gov.uk for information on pensionable ages)
- Are in specified accommodation or temporary accommodation (you will need to claim Universal Credit but you may also get some help from Ashford Borough Council for your housing costs)
- In receipt of Severe Disability Premium
If you don’t fall into one of these categories, you will need to make a claim for housing costs through Universal Credit.
If you do fall into one of these categories, please complete a Housing Benefit application form.