Derby City Council

One to watch! : Council Tax Support is not part of Universal Credit.

Universal Credit Full Service came into operation, in Derby from 11th July 2018 and is applicable, initially, to those making new claims, or changing circumstances. The remainder will be migrated across shortly after.

Universal Credit (UC) replaces

  • Job Seeker’s Allowance ( Income based – JSA),
  • Income Support,
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income based – ESA),
  • Child Tax Credits,
  • Working Tax credits
  • and….Housing Benefits.

It does NOT cover Council Tax Support and this is the benefit which people may unwittingly omit to claim. Council Tax Support should continue to be claimed from Derby City Council.

UC will all be administered by the Department of Work and Pensions.

Prior to the 11th July 2018, typically, people claiming Housing Benefit would also claim Council Tax Support; these were both administered via Derby City Council.

The Council has identified a risk that people will assume that, as Housing Benefit is part of Universal Credit, that this will also include Council Tax Support. And as such, fewer people may fail to claim promptly, and will lose out on payments. Currently, there is a scheme whereby a claimant can request “back pay” of one month for “good cause”. As a result of this increased risk a proposal has been made, that this “back pay” option be increased to 3 months, so mitigating the impact on people who are not aware of this change, until  too late.

If approved through the various Council processes, this new scheme will come into operation from 1 April 2019.

The increased period is a safety net…ideally people who need support, claim promptly through the normal process, via Derby City Council through this LINK


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