The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) deals with Universal Credit (UC), which is means-tested benefit for working age people.
Working age couples
From 15 May 2019, a couple are classed as "working age" if the younger partner makes a claim on or after 15 May 2019 and he or she:
- is not a pensioner
- does not get Pension Credit as part of the couple
Universal Credit replaces:
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Working Tax Credit
There are some important differences between these benefits and Universal Credit. You can find out more about Universal Credit.
If you need help with making a claim for Universal Credit, you can contact the Chelmsford Citizens Advice Bureau. They can also provide money advice and help with debt.
How it affects new claims
The DWP has rolled out Universal Credit in Chelmsford.
You will not be able to make a new claim to us for Housing Benefit. Instead, if you need help with your rent, you will need to apply for Universal Credit and claim the housing element.
How it affects existing claims
If you are already claiming Housing Benefit, this change will not affect you for now.
You can also choose to move on to Universal Credit if you wish. However, if you do so, you will not be able to transfer back.