Universal Credit can provide payments to help with rent and some other housing costs. This payment, so long as it is applicable, will be given directly to the claimant who will then need to pay it to the landlord. On top of this, they may also be able to get reductions for council tax.
These exceptions are very specific but new information from the government reveals that further exemptions will be brought in.
Rishi Sunak announced a range of changes to the Universal Credit system in his budget speech.
These changes were influenced by a number of factors such as coronavirus and cost reductions.
Taking all of his changes in one though, it was revealed that the welfare system at large will receive a boost, as he commented:
“Taken together, these measures on ESA and Universal Credit, provide a boost of almost £0.5bn to our welfare system.”
Following the speech, the government released a policy paper on the budget which highlighted how some of these measures will work.