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.

If you are part of a couple and you and your partner need to claim Universal Credit you must make a joint claim.

Mixed age couples  

If you are a couple and one of you is State Pension Credit qualifying age Opens in a new window and the other is working age you are classed as a ‘mixed age couple’.

From 15 May 2019 the rules affecting mixed age couples changed. Most will not be able to make a new claim for Housing Benefit or Pension Credit, this also affects some changes in circumstance.

If you are a mixed age couple and need to make a claim for help with your living and housing costs or you have a change in your circumstances you should contact the Department for Work and Pension about claiming Universal Credit straight away.

We will continue to deal with all Council Tax Support (CTS) claims.

You can get more information about Universal Credit for couples at GOV.UK - Information for couples Opens in a new window