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What is Universal Credit

The way you receive benefits and tax credits is changing.

The Department for Work and Pensions will be rolling out Universal Credit to more Teignbridge residents from 5 September 2018.

After 5 September 2018 you should only apply for Housing Benefit if you:

  • have reached pension age, you can check this using the pension age checker
  • are homeless and the council has placed you in temporary accommodation or you live in specified accommodation (where you receive care, support or supervision) or are in accommodation provided as a result of domestic violence

From 16 January 2019 the DWP have made further changes and you can now also continue to claim Housing Benefit if you currently receive the Severe Disability Premium within your existing DWP benefits.

If you have already claimed Universal Credit, this is not an option as there is no Severe Disability Premium in Universal Credit. You have to claim the Housing Costs Element within Universal Credit.

You typically receive Severe Disability Premium if you receive one of the following benefits :

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care component at the middle or higher rate
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) daily living component at the standard or enhance rate
  • Attendance Allowance  or Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

If you do not fall into any of the categories above you will need to claim Universal Credit for help with your rent. Please only use this link to the genuine .Gov website to make or manage your claim Universal Credit, as we have been made aware of scam websites.

However if you are unsure if this applies to you, you can contact the Jobcentre on 0800 169 0310 or contact Teignbridge Benefit Services on 01626 215 078.

Landlords can find further information and guides about Universal Credit online.

For help with your council tax you still need to claim council tax support directly from Teignbridge Council.

Universal Credit also replaces the following working age benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Jobseekers Allowance (Income based)
  • Employment and Support allowance (Income based)
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit

If you currently receive any of these benefits, you will be transferred to Universal Credit as part of a managed process by 2024. You may be transferred sooner if there is a change to one of your benefits or if you need to make a new claim. You will receive a letter if you are affected by any change to Universal Credit.

If you have any queries about your Universal Credit claim or which benefit you should apply for, please contact the Jobcentre on 0800 169 0310.

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When this content has been updated

Last updated 22 December 2020