Universal credit

Changes from April 2017 for customers aged 18 to 21 years of age

From 01 April 2017 people who are aged 18 to 21 years of age, single and make a claim for universal credit in a full service area, who are subject to all work-related requirements and are living in rented accommodation will not be able to get help with their housing costs.

Exceptions to this new rule

A single person aged 18 to 21 years of age will not be affected by this change if they:

  • Are a lone parent responsible for a child or qualifying young person
  • Were a care leaver before reaching the age of 18
  • Receive the care component of disability living allowance at the middle or highest rate or the daily living component of personal independence payment
  • Have been subject to, or threatened with, domestic violence by the partner, former partner, or a family member
  • Cannot live with their parents due to a serious risk to their physical or mental health and the Secretary of State considered it inappropriate to expect hem to do so
  • Have earned income equal to or exceeding the monthly amount that they would earn whilst working 16 hours per week at the national minimum wage or
  • Have earnings in each of the six months ending before the calendar month in which the claim for universal credit is made, that are equal to or more than the appropriate earnings threshold. In this case a six month "grace period" exemption would apply

Further information on the housing element being removed for 18 to 21 years of age on universal credit (gov.uk)

Last updated: 10/04/2017 13:15


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