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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Universal credit in Northern Ireland

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

The government will start moving existing claimants of certain other benefits on to Universal Credit from 2019 and plans to finish this process by 2022. Check online when your area will get Universal Credit. 

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

 

The amount of your universal credit payment will depend on several things. You will normally have to make your claim online, although you may be able to claim in person or over the telephone if you have disabilities which mean you can't claim online. You will be asked a lot of questions during the online application and you must make sure to answer all of these. Your entitlement will only begin once you have submitted all the necessary information.

Your universal credit claim will include help with your rent or your mortgage. You will still have to make a separate claim for help with your rates. You make this claim through Land & Property Services.

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.