The Government has made some changes to the housing cost element of Universal Credit (this is the new benefit replacing Housing Benefit) for those aged between 18 and 21 years (inclusive).
If you are classed as a “job seeker” within this age range, and apply for Universal Credit in a full digital service area, you may no longer be able to claim the housing cost element to cover your rent. The standard allowance of Universal Credit remains unaffected and is £251.77 per month (amount correct as at April 2017).
There are a number of circumstances which may mean you are exempt from this change, including if you are:
There is also one time limited protection in place for the changes. If you were working immediately prior to the start of your claim for Universal Credit and were working and earning as detailed in points “13” and “14” above, then you will have protection from the change for up to six months and therefore may be able to claim the housing cost element of Universal Credit.
Get in touch with the DWP if you would like further information about the changes.
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