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Universal Credit

South Ribble is now a Full Service Universal Credit area.  This means that the way you apply for help towards your rent will be changing.
 
If you are on a low income or out of work, you may be eligible for Universal Credit.
Universal Credit is a monthly payment and is replacing the following benefits:
 
  • Housing Benefit
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
If you are already receiving one or more of these benefits, your local Jobcentre Plus will be letting you know when you will be moving onto Universal Credit. However, if you want to make a new claim for one of the benefits listed above, you will need to make a claim for Universal Credit instead.
 
To make a claim, you will need to do it online here
 
From 16.1.2019 you can still claim Housing Benefit if:
  • You are a Pensioner
  • You have more than 2 children (unless you have had Universal Credit in the last 6 months)
  • You are entitled to a Severe Disability Premium as part of your existing benefit entitlement
  • You live in temporary/homeless accommodation, supported accommodation or in a refuge
 
From 1.2.2019 you can still claim Housing Benefit if:
  • You are a Pensioner
  • You are entitled to a Severe Disability Premium as part of your existing benefit entitlement
  • You live in temporary/homeless accommodation, supported accommodation or in a refuge
You will also still need to make any claim for Council Tax Support with us. To claim Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support, please go online here
 
If you would like more information on Universal Credit, please go to www.gov.uk/universal-credit.