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Housing benefit recipients to receive extra support when moving on to Universal Credit

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

Those who are in receipt of Housing Benefit will now recieve an extra two weeks support with their rent when they move on to Universal Credit.

Those who are new claimants of Universal Credit and who are alreayd getting support with their housing costs will continue to receive Housing Benefit for 2 weeks after their claim ends, to help them transition onto Universal Credit.

This non-recoverable extra support is worth an average £233 and is set to help around 2.3 million people when they move onto Universal Credit.

The Government has also published guidance on moving from Housing Benefit to Universal Credit. which can be accessed on the Government’s website here. 

This extra help with housing costs, worth £550 million, is part of a wider £1.5 billion package of improvements for people when they first move onto Universal Credit. This includes extending the repayment of advances from 6 to 12 months, and allowing people to receive 100% of their payment upfront from January 2018

And in February, the seven day waiting period was abolished-something which the RLA campaigned for. This meant that no one has to wait six weeks for their first Universal Credit payment.

Find out more
  • Universal Credit is on the agenda at our Future Renting North conference taking place at the Concorde Conference Centre on 24th April 2018. The DWP will be hosting a fringe session. Book your ticket here. 
  • The RLA run training courses on Universal Credit.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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