Universal Credit for Service personnel and their families

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Universal Credit is a single award paid monthly, which has been introduced to replace the following benefits:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit

If you live in Service Family Accommodation (SFA) or in the Private Rented Sector and are liable to make payments of rent, you may qualify for support with your housing costs in Universal Credit. Support is also available in Universal Credit for those with a mortgage.

To apply for housing support in Universal Credit, you will need to provide evidence of your liability to pay rent (the licence agreement) to your work coach together with evidence that you are living in the accommodation (such as a utility bill or bank statement).

Work Coaches and Armed Forces champions have been provided with specific guidance to further support Service personnel and their families in claiming Universal Credit.

GOV.UK tells you more about Universal Credit and how to apply, including if you are living with a disability or living with a health condition or needing a general introduction to Universal Credit for new claimants.

If you’re already receiving benefits you can find out more information on GOV.UK.

Source: Department for Work and Pensions

This news story is included in the Winter edition of Envoy magazine (pg 32) – the free magazine for RAF personnel and your families.

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