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The way to claim Housing Benefit is changing

From  October 2017 Universal Credit Full Sevice will be rolled out to the Braintree District to make a brand new claim for Housing Costs or any of the five main benefits below you will need to claim Universal Credit from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) either online at or by telephone: 0800 328 5644

  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income-related) except if you are receiving the severe disability premium within your ESA
  • Jobseekers Allowance (income-based)

Please check your postcode to find out when this applies to you

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To find out what you may be entitled to, you can visit:

If you need help with your Universal Credit claim contact the Benefits Team at Braintree District Council or email [email protected]

If you are already receiving one of the six benefits above and have a relevant change of circumstances that leads you to make a new claim for one of the main benefits, you will need to make a claim for Universal Credit, unless you are living in supported/temporary accomodation or receiving the servere disability premium within your Employment Support Allowance.

For example, if you currently receive Housing Benefit only and decide to make a new claim for Tax Credits, you will need to make a claim for Universal Credit at the DWP which will include your Housing Benefit instead of claiming this from us.

You will still need to apply for your Council Tax Support at Braintree District Council either online or request a form to be sent alternatively you can collect a form from Halstead or Witham Town Libraries

For more information

GOV.UK - Universal Credit