Full service universal credit goes live in Hackney on 3 October.
Universal credit is administered by the DWP (the Department of Work and Pensions). It's a single monthly payment that covers both living and housing costs, and replaces:
- jobseekers' allowance (income-based JSA)
- employment and support allowance (income-related ESA)
- income support
- child tax credit
- working tax credits
- housing benefit
This means the Council will no be paying most new claims for housing benefit. If you're on a low income and need help with your rent, you should claim universal credit from the DWP.
If you're already claiming housing benefit, your housing benefit will not be affected unless your circumstances change.
People who can still claim housing benefit
There are some people who will still be able to claim housing benefit:
- pensioners (people who are over state pension credit age), must still claim housing benefit. For couples, both individuals must be over pension credit age
You will need to claim housing benefit and universal credit if you're living in:
- supported exempt accommodation
- temporary accommodation provided by the Council
If you're not sure whether this applies to you, please call us on 0208 356 3399. If you're not in the above categories, and need to make a new claim for housing costs or help with rent - you'll need to claim universal credit.
Council tax reduction
If you need help towards your council tax, you must continue to claim council tax reduction from us.
Calculate your council tax reduction or housing benefit and make a claim
The calculator will only give you an estimate of your potential benefit. An accurate decision can only be made after we have received your application and documentation.
For support applying online please tel 020 8356 3399.
If you apply for housing benefit or council tax reduction we can share information collected as part of your application with other council departments, other local authorities, the Department for Work and Pensions and, in some circumstances, your landlord and other organisations. For more details, read our privacy notice: