Universal Credit

Universal Credit is on its way

In November 2015, the government began introducing the Universal Credit - a new means tested benefit - in Islington.

Universal Credit replaces six benefits: Job Seekers’ Allowance, Income Support, Employment & Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.

Universal Credit is paid directly to the person claiming benefits, which means residents will become responsible for paying their full rent. Housing Benefit is no longer paid directly to a Council tenant's rent account, but is paid to the claimant as the housing element of Universal Credit-you must have a Bank Account to be able to receive this benefit.

Following an average six-week assessment period, Universal Credit payments are normally paid monthly in arrears. This could mean that you do not receive any benefits for a month when you move from Housing benefit to Universal Credit.

On 20 June 2018 the Borough of Islington will move to full service of Universal Credit for working age residents who make a new benefit claim or have a change in their circumstances so now is the time to start preparing.

For further information please see:

www.gov.uk/universal-credit