Universal Credit replacing Housing Benefit for some residents
From 14 December 2016, working age residents who wish to make a new claim for help with their housing costs and who live in an area covered by the Hastings Jobcentre will no longer be able to claim Housing Benefit; instead they will need to claim Universal Credit from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Universal Credit is a single benefit payment that is replacing the following six working age benefits.
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income Based Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
Similarly, if you are already in receipt of Housing Benefit and have a change in your circumstances in the future, resulting in you becoming eligible for one of the benefits listed above, your Housing Benefit claim will end and you will need to claim Universal Credit for help with your Housing costs.
Universal Credit does not cover help with Council Tax payments; you will still need to make a claim to Rother District Council for Council Tax Reduction.