Claiming Benefits and Financial Support
What if you can’t pay your rent?
We want your tenancy to be a success. If you’re struggling to pay your rent you should contact us straight away. We can help you work out a budget and also check if you’re entitled to any help with your rent, such as Universal Credit or Housing Benefit. We can agree a payment plan to help you pay your rent and reduce any arrears. If necessary we can signpost you to money and debt advice or possibly refer you to support agencies.
Welfare Benefits and Universal Credit
The government has changed the way most benefits are paid. In the majority of cases, if you need to claim benefits (including getting help with your rent), you will be directed to make an online application for Universal Credit. This benefit replaces:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
- Housing Benefit (for those under pension age)
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
Universal Credit is paid as one monthly payment and it is up to you to budget for your household, including making sure your rent is paid in full. You also have to wait five weeks to receive your first payment although you can apply for a payment advance. More information about claiming Universal Credit can be found at www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk.
To carry out a basic benefit check you can visit one of the following (click on each icon):
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