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What is Universal Credit?
Universal Credit is replacing several benefits for people who are on a low income and who are not working. Certain benefit claimants will need to claim Universal Credit via the local Job Centre.
The following benefits are due to be replaced by Universal Credit and will be included with in any award:
Income Related Jobseeker’s Allowance
Income Related Employment Support Allowance
Working Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit.
Universal Credit will be administered by the Department for Work and Pensions and paid on a monthly basis. Information on eligibility and how to make a claim can be found on the gov.uk website.
You will need the following when making an online application:
National Insurance number
Details of any capital held in any bank, building society or Post Office accounts
Your tenancy agreement (where applicable)
Details of any other income
Details of other benefits you may receive
Details of your household make up maybe required. (e.g. partners income )
Your email address and telephone number.
Please be aware any delay in applying to the Department of Work and Pensions for Universal Credit can only be backdate in exceptional circumstances.
Who can apply?
Post codes served by the Ilkeston and Long Eaton Job Centres within Erewash offer a Full Digital Universal Credit Service. All new applicationsfrom this date should be for Universal Credit unless they fall into one of the exempt catergories, which are tenants in exempt supported accommodation, those with 3 or more children and those of Pension Credit age.
If you are liable to pay rent and Council Tax at your address the housing costs (which would previously be Housing Benefit) will be included in your Universal Credit award and paid monthly. In certain circumstances if you are unable to manage your finances you can request payment of the Housing Element to be made directly to your landlord.
Council Tax Support should be claimed from the local authority. If you do not make a claim for Council Tax Support you will then be liable to meet the full Council Tax charge.
Universal Credit Full Service is digital - which means everything has to be done online. Erewash Borough Council can assist customers with their application for Universal Credit using their own devices or the computers in the receptions areas or customers can use the computers themselves. Libraries also have computers which can be used by customers.
Personal budgeting support is available. Appointments and drop-in sessions are held at Ilkeston Town Hall on Fridays and Long Eaton Town Hall on Tuesdays. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to arrange an appointment.
Discretionary Housing Payments
Discretionary Housing Payments will still be administered by Erewash Borough Council even if you no longer claim Housing Benefit but in receipt of the Housing Element of Universal Credit and you have a shortfall.
Further information on how to claim can be obtained from any of the following:
- Universal Credit: 0345 600 0723. Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
- Claim Universal Credit online
- Or visit your local Job Centre.
Under-Occupation for Social Housing Tenants
Working age tenants who have more bedrooms than they require will have a percentage reduction in the amount of rent used in their Housing Benefit calculation unless they fall with in the exempt groups outlined below:
Am I exempt?
If You, or your partner, are of Pension Credit qualifying age.
If You live in selected types of temporary accommodation.
If You have a shared ownership tenancy.
What is the size criteria:
You are allowed one bedroom for:
Every adult couple.
Any other adult (16 or over).
Any two children of the same sex aged under 16.
Two children under the age of 10 whether they are a boy or a girl.
Any other child.
A carer who does not normally live with you but provides you or your partner with overnight care.
You may qualify for an additional room where it can be demonstrated that:
Two children would be unable to share a bedroom due to the disability needs or illness of one of the children. The Council will have to take into consideration the extent and regularity of the disturbance to the sleep of the child who would normally be required to share the bedroom, or
You are a Foster carer, whether or not a child has been placed with you or you are between placements, so long as you have fostered a child, or become an approved foster carer in the last 12 months, or
You have an adult son or daughter that normally lives with you but is currently serving in the Armed Forces, even when deployed on operations.
Extra bedroom for disabled couples unable to share a bedroom
An extra room can be allowed if a couple cannot share a bedroom because of a disability if:
- They are unable to share a bedroom (they may be able to if they have two single beds) - it can be one or both disabled
- If medical equipment is needed an extra room can be considered
- One member of the couple must be in receipt of one of the following:
- Middle or higher rate care of disability living allowance
- Daily living personal independence payment
- Higher rate of attendance allowance
- Armed forces independence payment
Further information relating to this can be found on the following link Bedroom Calculator for social housing tenants.
How much of my benefit will be cut?
If you have one 'spare' bedroom, your Housing Benefit will reduce by 14%.
If you have two or more 'spare' bedrooms your Housing Benefit will reduce by 25%.
What happens with Joint Tenancies?
Where a joint tenancy is held by tenants who are not a couple, for example 2 brothers or a mother and daughter, then each tenant can make a claim for housing benefit for their proportion of the rent. If the property is under-occupied the reduction will be applied to the full eligible rent before the rent is apportioned between each tenant.
It is important to remember; in a joint tenancy each named person is jointly responsible for paying the full rent. If one joint tenant fails to pay, the other tenant remains responsible for ensuring the full rent is paid.
Ways of meeting any shortfall in rent
If you are worried about paying your rent you should seek advice as soon as possible.
You may also wish to consider the following options
Pay the shortfall - You may feel you can afford to pay the shortfall in your Housing Benefit award out of the other income you receive.
Talk to your landlord - Speak to your landlord about the possibility of moving to a smaller home.
Consider taking in a lodger.This however mayaffect your benefits. You will need to talk to your landlord if you are thinking about this.
Go to Exchange Locata where you can register your details and search for properties that are more suitable for your needs so you can swap properties with someone else. Erewash Borough Council also has a Housing Options Team that could assist you in locating a smaller property, Call them on 0115 9072244, Extension 3590.
You can get in touch with you local Citizens Advice Bureau or other local advice agencies.
Apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment - If you receive Housing Benefit or the Housing Element of Universal Credit and still find it difficult to pay the remaining rent due you could apply for Discretionary Housing Payment. This should only be seen as a temporary solution to help you cover a short period until your circumstances change.
Seek money management advice. A Money Advisor is available to help with personal budgeting, maximise benefits and help with debt management. Appointments and drop-in sessions are held at Ilkeston Town Hall on Fridays and Long Eaton Town Hall on Tuesdays. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for an appointment.
More Advice and Support available can be located by clicking on the following agencies (will take you to their website).