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.
Universal Credit Migration Notice
If you have received a Migration Notice from Universal Credit please see the below links that can provide you with support. You must take action and not ignore your letter.
- You can find out more about the next steps you will need to take on the GOV.UK website
- You can make your claim for Universal Credit here
- Before applying you can check what you may be entitled to
- If you need additonal support you can contact Citizens Advice or alternatively you can call Universal Credit Migration Notice helpline for free on 0800 169 0328
- You can make a claim for Universal Credit over the phone by calling 0800 328 5644
- If you would like further support, you can contact the Benefits Team on the below contact details or speak to our Help Hub