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Universal Credit will not pay housing costs if: 

  • You are single and of state pension age. Or part of a couple and at least one of you was state pension age on 14 May 2019.
    You can find your Pension Credit qualifying age using Check your State Pension age  Opens in a new window
  • Qualify for the severe disability premium  Opens in a new window and receiving Income Support, Employment Support Allowance, Jobseekers Allowance or Housing Benefit or one of these benefits has ended in the last month
  • 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.