Universal Credit How to receive help paying your rent if you are out of work or on a low income Apply for Universal Credit Benefits calculator Report a change in circumstances Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people out of work or on a low income. Universal Credit has replaced the following benefits: Income Support Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance Income-related Employment Support Allowance Housing Benefit Working Tax credit Child Tax Credit This means that if you live in Hart and need help paying your rent, you will need to claim Universal Credit, unless you: have reached State Pension age live in supported accommodation live in temporary accommodation If you are in one of these categories, you will need to claim Housing Benefit. You can find more information on Universal Credit at GOV.UK. Apply for Universal Credit Please use our benefits calculator to see which benefits you may be entitled to before applying for Universal Credit. Universal Credit is a means-tested benefit. This means that your income and savings are taken into consideration when applying. To make a claim for Universal Credit, you will need to complete an application form on the GOV.UK website: Apply for Universal Credit online How will I be paid? Universal Credit is paid once a month, usually into your bank or building society account. It takes around five weeks to get your first payment. If you need money while you wait for your first payment, you can ask for an advance payment. Apply for an advance payment Support with claiming Universal Credit Citizens Advice Hart offers free and confidential advice to help you to register an online account, complete an application and manage your money. It can also assist with the management of any ongoing claims. To contact Citizens Advice Hart: call Adviceline on 03444 111 306 email firstname.lastname@example.org visit www.citizensadvicehart.org.uk/contact You can also get advice on the Universal Credit Service Helpline on 0800 328 5644. If you would like to speak to one of the Council’s Housing Benefit officers, call 01252 622122.