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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Welfare reform

Most people who need to start claiming benefits will now claim Universal Credit. You can make and manage a Universal Credit claim online. The phone number for Universal Credit in Northern Ireland is 0800 012 1331 

The amount of your universal credit payment will depend on several things, such as your personal circumstances and your income. 

Universal Credit can help with rent, some service charges and interest charges on a mortgage. It doesn't include help with rates. You need to apply for a rates rebate to cover your rates payments. 

You can’t get help with rates as part of your Universal Credit claim. Instead, you will be able to apply for a rates rebate. Land & Property Services will be in charge of managing the rates rebate system.

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