Universal Credit is the main working-age benefit which the Department for Work and Pensions has been phasing in since October 2013. It combines the current means-tested support for adults of working age and children into one benefit. All current means-tested benefits and Tax Credits will be stopped including Housing Benefit. Universal Credit will replace the following benefits:-
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
- Housing Benefit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit.
This went live in Rushcliffe on 15 February 2016 and only limited new claimants were eligible to claim Universal Credit - this service was switched off on 31 December 2017 by the Government to allow the focus to be switched to the full digital service.
Due to the roll-out of Universal Credit being postcode and Job Centre location based the following postcodes in the Rushcliffe area are now live with full service:
If you live in one of these postcodes and you are of working age you may need to claim Universal Credit for help with your housing costs.
If you are on a low income and require help with your Council Tax this is still provided by Rushcliffe Borough Council.
From 17 October 2018, the remaining postcodes in Rushcliffe will move to the full service and most new claimants will be eligible to claim Universal Credit. There are some exceptions and for further information can be found be visiting: www.gov.uk/universal-credit
The Government has announced that work will commence between 2019 and 2023 to migrate current claims for Housing Benefit to Universal Credit. Further information will be provided in due course.