From April 2024, the Department for Work and Pensions will start telling most customers on Housing Benefit they must make a claim for Universal Credit.

Customers will get a migration notice with a date by which they must claim Universal Credit.

The date will be at least three months and one day from the date they get the notice.  If you get a notice and you do not claim Universal Credit in time, your Housing Benefit and any other legacy benefit you get will stop.

You can find out how to make a claim for Universal Credit on the GOV.UK website.

If you cannot claim online, you can phone the Universal Credit Migration Notice helpline on 0800 169 0328.

Benefits that are ending

The following legacy benefits are ending and are being replaced by Universal Credit:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (migration planned to start from 2028)

Last reviewed: March 25, 2024 by Adam

Next review due: September 25, 2024

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