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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Introducing Universal Credit to Northern Ireland

Universal credit is rolling out across Northern Ireland. It was introduced in September 2017, and by December 2018, most working age people making a new claim for social security assistance will claim universal credit instead of some of the current benefits, including Housing Benefit.

People who are already claiming other benefits will be moved over to universal credit eventually. The government hopes that this will happen by 2022.

What benefits are going?

Universal credit will replace the following benefits

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Housing benefit
  • Child tax credits
  • Working tax credits

People who are currently claiming these benefits will continue to do so. But, if you make a new claim for benefits in a universal credit area, you’ll end up getting universal credit.

How does universal credit work?

Universal credit was set up as a simpler benefits system. Rather than receiving a number of different benefits from different government departments, you’ll just get one payment. This one payment will include money for your living, housing and caring needs. How much you receive depends on your personal circumstances.

When is it coming to my area?

You can use the postcode checker on entitledto to find out when Universal Credit starts in your area.