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028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

Guide to Universal Credit and Housing in Northern Ireland

Housing Rights have produced a comprehensive resource on Universal Credit and Housing in Northern Ireland.

The resource is a complete up to date guide looking at the specific housing impacts of Universal Credit claimants in NI, looking specifically at the following:

  • Background to Universal Credit – including the journey of its introduction in NI
  • The key differences between Housing Benefit and Universal Credit – identifying the key housing benefit provisions that no longer exist and the new rules under Universal Credit
  • The process of making a claim for Universal Credit – Eligibility requirements, verification and backdating
  • Housing Cost Element issues such as exempt accommodation, liability and specific issues for each tenure
  • Assistance with Rates
  • Payment matters with Universal Credit
  • Sanctions, appeals and assisting claimants in financial difficulties.

The guide also includes useful appendices such as acceptable forms of identity, calculation sheet and sources of charitable support. 

Download a sample of the guide.

You can purchase your digital copy online. Members should sign in to access discounts. You can also email frances@housingrights.org.uk to order your copy. 

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