Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a monthly payment that will gradually replace the following benefits:

  • Child tax credit
  • Housing benefit
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseekers allowance
  • Working tax credit

It has now been rolled out to all new claimants in the Canterbury district, and you will need to apply for your housing costs through Universal Credit unless:

  • you've reached state pension age
  • you have more than two children (this doesn't apply if you have received Universal Credit in the last six months)
  • you're in certain types of exempt or specified accommodation
  • you've been placed in temporary accommodation by our Housing Options team or
  • you're currently getting the severe disability premium or have done in the last month.

If any of the above apply to you, you must make a claim for housing benefit. Otherwise, use GOV.UK's online service to apply for Universal Credit:

Apply for Universal Credit

If you don't have access to the internet to apply online, you can make an appointment with our Customer Services team who will be able to help. Free access is also available at your local library.

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