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Universal Credit

What you need to know if you are affected by Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new government benefit for working age people on a low income or who are out of work. Since 20 June 2018, most new benefit claimants in Islington, and some people who are on benefits now but whose circumstances change, have been moved to Universal Credit.

Universal Credit is run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Islington Council and partners are here to help residents understand and prepare for the changes.

If your Universal Credit includes housing costs and you have a shortfall in rent as a result of Benefit Cap you may be eligible for a Discretionary Housing Payment. Our IMAX team will be able to help you, please call 020 7527 4990 (option 4) or email

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