The government is continuing to roll out Universal Credit, a new, single benefit payment.
You will eventually be switched over to Universal Credit if you receive any of the following:
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Child Tax Credits
- Working Tax Credits
- Housing Benefit
In the Autumn budget the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced a few changes to Universal Credit for new claimants:
- From January 2018, those who are entitled to Universal Credit and require an advance payment, may be able to receive a month’s worth of Universal Credit payment within five working days that they will pay back, interest free, over the next 12 months.
- From February 2018, the government will remove the seven-day waiting period so your entitlement will start on the day of application, meaning you will have to wait five weeks instead of six for your first payment.
- From April 2018, those who are already on Housing Benefit will continue to receive it for the first two weeks of their Universal Credit claim.
Shared Room Local Housing Allowance rates for under 35s
Government is also scrapping the introduction of the Local Housing Allowance freeze (including Shared Accommodation rates for people under 35) for Housing Benefit or Universal credit entitlements in the social rented sector.
Universal credit full service rollout dates
|Local Authority||Job Centre (JCP)||UC Full Service date|
|London Borough of Enfield||Enfield||November 2017|
|London Borough of Lambeth||Stockwell and Streatham||December 2017|
|London Borough of Merton||Mitcham||December 2017|
|London Borough of Lambeth||Brixton & Clapham Common||February 2018|
|London Borough of B&D||Barking||March 2018|
|London Borough of Ealing||Action and Ealing||March 2018|
|London Borough of Enfield||Palmers Green||March 2018|
|London Borough of Barnet||Barnet & Hendon||May 2018|
|London Borough of Enfield||Edmonton||May 2018|
|London Borough of Waltham Forest||Walthamstow||May 2018|
|City of Westminster||Marylebone||June 2018|
|London Borough of Havering||Romford||June 2018|
|London Borough of Islington||Barnsbury & Finsbury Park||June 2018|
|London Borough of Redbridge||Redbridge||June 2018|
|London Borough of Bromley||Bromley||July 2018|
|London Borough of Harrow||Harrow||July 2018|
|London Borough of Lewisham||Forest Hill||July 2018|
|London Borough of Newham||Canning Town & Stratford||July 2018|
|London Borough of Wandsworth||Wandsworth||Sept 2018|
|London Borough of Bexley||Bexleyheath||October 2018|
|London Borough of Hackney||Hackney & Hoxton||October 2018|
|London Borough of Haringey||Tottenham & Wood Green||October 2018|
|London Borough of Hillingdon||Hayes & Uxbridge||October 2018|
|Royal Borough of Greenwich||Woolwich||October 2018|
|London Borough of Brent||Harlesden||November 2018|
|London Borough of Brent||Wembley||December 2018|
|London Borough of Camden||Kentish Town||December 2018|
|Royal Borough of K&C||North Kensington||December 2018|
* information obtained from the DWP website last updated on 5th December 2017
The boroughs of Southwark and Hammersmith & Fulham already have full service, meaning that if anyone on the old benefit system has a change in circumstance for any of the benefits they receive, they will be switched to Universal Credit.