Universal Credit Update – May 2017

Removal of automatic entitlement to housing costs for 18-21 year olds: This welfare reform went live on 1st April. There is understandable concern about its impact on young people at risk of homelessness who need to access and sustain accommodation. The key points to note about the new rules are that it:

  • Will only apply to new claims made in Universal Credit (UC) full digital areas
  • Will not affect anybody already in receipt of housing benefit (HB) or UC housing costs
  • Will not apply to young people in Temporary Accommodation or supported housing
  • Sets out several exemptions based on a wide range of circumstances, including all young people exempted from the Shared Accommodation Rate (care leavers, disabled, couples etc), victims of domestic abuse AND any young person for who it is ‘inappropriate’ for them to live at home. The examples of where it is ‘inappropriate’ include a wide range of scenarios, including where a young person has been asked to leave by parents.

Youth Homelessness Advisors (St. Basils) have produced a ‘Q&A’ document for local authorities to refer to. Click here to access it.

Universal Credit Transition Rollout Schedule


Local AuthorityJobcentre AreaRollout Date
DarlingtonDarlington JCPMarch 2018
DurhamPeterlee JCP
Seaham JCP
October 2017
DurhamBishop Auckland JCP
Conseet JCP
Crook JCP
Stanley JCP
December 2017
DurhamChester le Street JCP
Durham JCP
Newton Aycliffe JCP
Spennymoor JCP
March 2018
GatesheadGateshead JCPOctober 2017
GatesheadBlaydon JCPNovember 2017
HartlepoolHartlepool JCPDecember 2016
MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough East JCP
Middlesbrough JCP
May 2018
NewcastleNewcastle Cathedral Square JCPMay 2016
NewcastleNewcastle East JCPFebruary 2017
NewcastleNewcastle West JCPMarch 2017
North TynesideKillingworth JCP
North Shields JCP
Wallsend JCP
Whitley Bay JCP
February 2018
NorthumberlandAshington JCP
Berwick JCP
Cramlington JCP
Morpeth JCP
June 2018
NorthumberlandAlnwick JCP
Bedlington JCP
Blyth JCP
Hexham JCP
Septembr 2018
RedcarEston JCP
Guisborough JCP
Loftus JCP
Redcar JCP
August 2018
South TynesideJarrow JCP
South Shields JCP
February 2018
StocktonBillingham JCP
Stockton JCP
Thornaby JCP
April 2018
SunderlandHoughton le Spring JCP
Southwick JCP
Sunderland JCP
Washington JCP
May 2018


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