Universal Credit is a benefit for people of working age (defined currently as 60 years 6 months) only. It does not affect anyone in our sheltered housing even if they are under this age. UC combines six benefits such as Job Seekers Allowance, Housing Benefit and Housing Benefit. It is a single monthly payment paid direct to claimants. If you receive UC please make sure that you set enough aside each month to pay us the rent. If you are worried about managing monthly payments and falling into arrears the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) will consider making a payment direct to your landlord, but you would need to explain why you cannot manage monthly payments yourself.
A number of our tenants who were receiving Housing Benefit are now on UC and eventually anyone of working age will get this benefit rather than JSA and HB.