Universal Credit is a monthly payment to help with your living costs and replaces the benefits listed below for most people:
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Working Tax Credit
There are exceptions as to who can claim Universal Credit, please see our page applying for Housing Benefit to see who qualifies.
When going through your Universal Credit application, you will be asked if you are receiving Council Tax reduction. If you select “NO” Universal Credit should contact us automatically, meaning we can look to discount your Council Tax bill without you having to fill in one of our forms. Please be aware that if you do not answer this question, we will not be made aware of your claim so your Council Tax liability will not change.