My hours have reduced at work – I don’t think I will get help from the Job Retention Scheme as I am doing some work, but can I make a claim for Housing Benefit as I am unable to pay my rent?
If you have been working and not getting any benefits you will not be able to make a new claim for Housing Benefit. Your only option will be to make a claim for Universal Credit.
If you are going to make a claim for Universal Credit, then consider whether you may be better off long term if you delay this by a few days - click here
My hours are dropping from Monday. I don't get any benefits at the moment but will need help paying my rent - what can I claim?
As long as you satisfy the basic claiming criteria for Universal Credit you will be able to make a claim. Whether you will have an award paid/how much will depend on your individual circumstances.
The timing of your UC claim can be important, especially if you are paid monthly (click here
) or if you are due a payment of wages in the next few days. If you are not already receiving any help with your Council Tax Bill, you should also make a new claim for Council Tax Support.