Help with Housing Costs: Volume 1 Guide to Universal Credit and Council Tax Rebates 2018/19

Publication date: Due June 2018 Edition: 2018-2019 Format: Paperback Published by: Shelter/CIH
ISBN: 978 0 9934984 6 6

This edition explains all the new rules for help with housing costs through universal credit and council tax rebates for homeowners, social housing tenants and private tenants starting from April 2018. It sets out the qualifying conditions for entitlement to universal credit and provides a more detailed explanation of the rules that relate to the housing costs element for homeowners and tenants of private and social landlords.

It describes fully:

  • The new scheme of loans for mortgage interest for out-of-work homeowners
  • Basic eligibility conditions for universal credit, council tax and rate rebates
  • Exclusion from the universal credit housing cost element for 18-21 year olds and exceptions
  • Eligible rent and service charges for social housing tenants
  • Eligible rent for private tenants
  • The size criteria rules for social housing and private sector tenants
  • The benefit cap
  • The two child limit in the child elements of universal credit
  • How and when payments are made – including when the universal credit housing costs element can be paid directly to the landlord
  • How to appeal a decision about universal credit or council tax rebate
  • Differences in the council tax rebate schemes in England, Scotland and Wales
  • How local councils in England and Wales can set their own CTR scheme rules
  • The new rate rebate scheme for universal credit claimants in Northern Ireland
  • Other schemes for help with housing costs including discretionary housing payments
  • The detailed rules for migrants and recent arrivals for universal credit, council tax rebate and housing benefit.


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