From 29 June 2015, single people in North and North East Lincolnshire of working age who are making a new claim for Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) may have to claim Universal Credit from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). There are a number of key criteria which determine whether you are eligible to claim Universal Credit. The criteria are listed in the document Expansion Eligibility, which you can find in the Document Downloads on this page.
You will receive a single monthly payment of Universal Credit, which will include any housing costs you would previously have been paid by Housing Benefit.
This means you will be responsible for making arrangements to pay your rent. You must speak to your landlord to make these arrangements.
If you are not eligible to claim Universal Credit, your welfare benefits will not change and you will still get Housing Benefit.
If you are a single Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) customer receiving Universal Credit, you will remain on Universal Credit even if you move into a relationship or have children.
The wider roll out of Universal Credit to other customer groups will be phased in over the next several years.