This means your rent payments will go straight to them until you can get back on your feet again.The Housing element of your Universal Credit payment may not cover all your housing costs if you have too many bedrooms for your needs or your rent is higher than the amount that you are entitled to.Applies to: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales Age rules: you must be under state pension age and usually aged over 18 to qualify.If you are aged 16/17 - see our section for Young People (aged 16/17) for information about claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance as a young person.
If you have a partner they must either not be working, or working fewer than 24 hours a week.
Until then, you can continue to claim existing benefits.
If you’re already getting any of the six benefits that Universal Credit replaces, you will eventually be asked to make a claim for Universal Credit but you don’t have to do anything until you’re contacted about what to do.
If your working pattern varies or you need help to calculate how many hours you work, see our Working hours guide.
There are two types of Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-based and contribution-based.