What is it?
Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work. It replaces some of the benefits and tax credits that you might be getting now, including:
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
If you are claiming this benefit, your rent will be referred to as the 'Housing Element' and included in your Universal Credit payment.
You still need to pay the full amount of rent to us even if you only receive part of your 'Housing Element' in your Universal Credit payment.