Universal Credit housing costs changes for 18 - 21 Year olds

What is changing?

From April 1 2017, young people from 18 to 21 years old and in receipt of Universal Credit will no longer receive housing costs as part of their payment if they live in a full service area.

A full service area is where Universal Credit is available to all types of claimants (single people, couples and families) and the claim is managed online. It is expected that the Bradford District will become a full service area in March 2018 so the removal of housing costs if you are under 22 won’t happen until next year.

Who will this affect?

Not all 18 to 21 year olds will be affected by the change:

  • If you are receiving Housing Benefit, and not Universal Credit, your Housing Benefit will not be affected.
  • If you live in a live service area (where only single people are able to claim Universal Credit)
  • If you have children of your own, no parental home, disabled or are vulnerable.

If you fall into one of the categories above you will be among some of the people who will not be affected by these changes.

Where can I find more information?

For more information on Universal Credit go to gov.uk website.

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