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This page outlines the roll-out of Universal Credit in Haringey and what this means for people who need help with their rent.
- Universal Credit in Haringey
- Legacy benefits and Tax Credits
- Help with your rent
- People who may still get Housing Benefit
- Housing Benefit for pensioners
- Discretionary Housing Payments
- Council Tax Reduction
- Useful external links
Use the Universal Credit postcode checker (external link) to see if you live in a Full Service or Live Service area.
The following postcode areas are Universal Credit Full Service areas:
- From 1 November 2017:
- N11 2xx
- N13 6xx
- N18 2xx
- From 16 May 2018:
- N2 0xx
- N2 9xx
Most working-age people in a Full Service area must apply for Universal Credit instead of the legacy benefits and Tax Credits it replaces.
People in Full Service areas must apply for Universal Credit online and use their online Universal Credit account to manage their application.
All postcode areas in Haringey will become Full Service areas in October 2018.
Postcode areas that are not Full Service areas are Universal Credit Live Service areas. Use the postcode checker above to see if you live in a Full Service or Live Service area.
People in a Live Service area who are not eligible for Universal Credit (external link) can apply for legacy benefits and Tax Credits until the area becomes a Full Service area.
People in Live Service areas must apply for Universal Credit online and manage their application by phone.
Live Service areas in Haringey will all become Full Service areas in October 2018.
Live Service areas will stop accepting new claims for Universal Credit on 31 December 2017.
From 1 January 2018 to October 2018 working-age people in a Live Service area can only apply for legacy benefits and Tax Credits unless they or their partner already get Universal Credit.
Use the postcode checker above to see if you live in a Full Service or Live Service area.
Universal Credit replaces the following working-age benefits and Tax Credits:
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
People in Full Service areas who meet a limited number of exceptions may be able to apply for legacy benefits or Tax Credits as well as or instead of Universal Credit.
People in Live Service areas who are not eligible for Universal Credit can apply for legacy benefits and Tax Credits until the area becomes a Full Service area.
People on Universal Credit cannot get Housing Benefit to help to pay their rent unless they meet one of a limited number of exceptions.
- If you live in a Full Service area and need help with your rent you have to apply for the Housing Cost element of Universal Credit
- If you live in a Live Service area, get Universal Credit and need help with your rent you have to apply for the Housing Cost element of Universal Credit
All postcode areas in Haringey will become Full Service areas in October 2018 and only a limited number of working-age people will be able to apply for Housing Benefit from that date.
Universal Credit is intended to replace all legacy benefits and Tax Credits by 2022 and Housing Benefit will no longer be available to people of working age.
Until then some people remain eligible for legacy benefits and Tax Credits instead of or as well as Universal Credit. This may apply to you if:
- you live in a Live Service area but are not eligible to apply for Universal Credit (once your area becomes a Full Service area you will have to meet one of the other exceptions)
- you get Housing Benefit and do not need to apply for another legacy benefit or Tax Credit
- you get Housing Benefit, change address within Haringey, do not need to make a new application for Housing Benefit and do not need to apply for another legacy benefit or Tax Credit
- you have 3 or more children living with you and neither you or your partner received Universal Credit in the last 6 months (only applies to November 2018)
- you have 3 or more children living with you, were part of a couple but are now single and more than one month must has passed since the end of your joint Universal Credit claim (only applies to January 2019)
- you live in specified accommodation (certain types of refuge, hostel or supported accommodation)
- you or your partner reach Pension Credit age (the State Pension age of a woman)
If you meet one of these exceptions your Housing Benefit may end before 2022:
- if you stop qualifying for an exception
- if you have to apply for Universal Credit
- if you have 3 or more children living with you and apply for a working-age legacy benefit or Tax Credit in or after January 2019
- when you are moved to Universal Credit
Universal Credit will replace all working-age legacy benefits and Tax Credits by 2022.
Pensioners are not able to apply for Universal Credit but it has not yet been decided how to replace Housing Benefit for people of pension age.
Proposals currently include the introduction of a Pension Credit housing cost element but until changes are implemented people of pension age may continue to receive Housing Benefit beyond 2022.
If you get Housing Benefit or the Housing Cost element of Universal Credit and need additional help with your rent you may qualify for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP).
You cannot get a DHP if you do not get a Housing Cost element or Housing Benefit.
Universal Credit does not replace our local Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
Haringey continues to administer Council Tax support for pensioners and people of working-age who live in the borough.
If you need help with your Council Tax you must complete our application form.
- Information for families with three or more children
- State Pension age checker
- Pension Credit eligibility
- Full Service and Live Service guidance
- Universal Credit postcode checker
- Universal Credit jobcentres
- Universal Credit overview
- Universal Credit and you
- Universal Credit and your family
- Universal Credit Housing Costs
- Universal Credit and your home
- Universal Credit and Tax Credits
- Extra support for people on Universal Credit
- Universal Credit resources
- Universal Credit information for landlords
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