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Change in Circumstances

If you are currently entitled to Housing Benefit and have a certain change in your circumstances, you will need to make a claim for Universal Credit. Once you have claimed Universal Credit, your Housing Benefit award will end.

Examples of the changes which may move you to Universal Credit are:

  • You are making a claim for Tax Credits for the first time
  • You lose your job and need to make a claim for an out-of-work benefit
  • You become sick, and cannot work
  • Your child reaches 5 years old and your Income Support ends
  • A Partner moves in with you, and that partner is entitled to Universal Credit

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, some changes will be determined on a case-by-case basis. 

Your Housing Benefit will not end in these circumstances until our office is notified that you have made a claim for Universal Credit.