• Local housing allowance is a method of calculating housing benefit going towards you rent, if you have a private landlord.
  • If you rent from a council or housing association or have shared ownership, different rules are used to calculate your housing benefit.

Universal Credit

  • Universal Credit combines government benefits into a single monthly payment.
  • It replaces six other government benefits.

How to qualify

  • You can qualify for Universal Credit if you are on a low income or are out of work.
  • You must also have less than £16,000 in savings.

How to Apply

  • You need to apply online, and there is a helpline for new applications.
  • Please note that you may need a guarantor when renting a property.

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