Universal Credit, which is administered by the Department for Work & Pensions, is a new simpler, single monthly payment for people in or out of work, which will eventually join together some of the benefits and tax credits that you might be getting now. Universal Credit will replace:
Universal Credit is being gradually introduced across the country and was introduced in the Fareham borough 28 March 2016 for single people.
However, the claiming of Universal Credit has been halted from December 2017 due to recent changes that are being made to Universal Credit, recently announced by the Chancellor. We have been advised that the continuation of claiming Universal Credit instead of Housing Benefit will start up again from November 2018. Therefore, any single people who require to claim help with their rent from now on will need to claim Housing Benefit from Fareham Council instead of Universal Credit.
Universal Credit does not include help to pay your council tax. You will still need to claim Council Tax Support with Fareham Council's Benefit Section.