Help with Housing

There are a number of ways that Welfare Reform may have impacted on your housing, depending on your age, family and home. Under Universal Credit a range of existing benefits - including housing benefit - are to be combined into a single payment. For tenants used to having rent paid directly to a landlord, this is a major change.

There are separate sections on the mini-site for people who will be affected by the changes:

  • Council tenants & Housing Benefit
  • Older people
  • People with spare bedrooms
  • Renters hit by the benefits cap

The guides include some real-life examples so you can see how you or your family might be affected by the change. If you are older, there will be less change for you, and we have a special page for you.

Click on the links below if you need to know how to:

How will rent payments work within Universal Credit?

Universal Credit will be a single monthly payment. As long as a claimant doesn't have a change of circumstance, the amount of Universal Credit received to cover housing costs will be the same each month. This means that where rental agreements include rent-free periods the Universal Credit payment will be based on the total yearly rent divided by 12.

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