Universal Credit


You may be able to claim Universal Credit if you are on a low income or out of work.

To see if you may be eligible you can either call 0345 600 0723 or visit the Government's Universal Credit page.


What you may get

The amount of Universal Credit you can get depends on your circumstance and your income. It can include support:

•    For housing
•    For children and childcare
•    If you are disabled or have a health condition
•    If you care for somebody with a disability


Extra help towards your rent

Sometime the Housing Element of Universal Credit is not enough for you to pay your rent. The Discretionary Housing Payment scheme may be able to help you. We make payments at our discretion if we believe you need extra short-term financial support. There are no set rules, each case is considered on its own merits. Please read our full Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) Guide.pdf [pdf] 78KB.

To claim Discretionary Housing help with Universal Credits you can complete an online application form or print a  Universal Credit Discretionary Housing Payment Application.pdf [pdf] 192K.