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Universal Credit will not pay housing costs if you: 

  • Are Pension Credit qualifying age.
    You can find your Pension Credit qualifying age using Check your State Pension age  Opens in a new window
  • Have 3 or more children
  • Live in supported accommodation
  • Have been placed in temporary accommodation by the Local Authority

You will need to claim Housing Benefit.

Universal Credit is paid by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It is a single monthly payment for living and housing costs for working age people.

From 5 September 2018 in Torbay it will replace most new claims for Housing Benefit. 

Existing Housing Benefit claims will transfer to Universal Credit when there is a relevant change of circumstance.

If your circumstances don't change, you’ll continue to get Housing Benefit for the time being. The DWP will let you know when you need to transfer onto Universal Credit.