Renfrewshire Council

Universal Credit Housing Costs element removed for young people

From 1 April 2017, under Universal Credit Full Service (includes Bridge of Weir and Langbank within Renfrewshire), the Housing Costs element will not be paid to certain renters aged at least 18 but under 22. There are certain exemptions where this new Regulation does not apply.  

It is important that anyone single and under 22 who is in receipt of Universal Credit, establishes whether or not they would be exempt from this rule before taking on any tenancy agreement.

The Exemptions are;

  • Not responsible for a child or qualifying young person
  • In temporary homeless accommodation
  • Unable to live with their parents because there is no parent or neither parent lives in Great Britain
  • In the opinion of the DWP, it is inappropriate for the claimant to live with each of their parents including (but not limited to) in circumstances where there would be a serious risk to the claimant's physical or mental health, or the claimant would suffer significant harm.
  • The claimant's expected number of hours per week is more than 16 hours per week, but less than 35 hours per week.
  • Domestic violence has been inflicted on or threatened against the claimant by the claimant's partner, former partner or by a family member
  • The claimant is currently entitled to Housing Benefit or Universal Credit Housing Costs element
  • It does not apply for 6 months if the claimant was working for the previous 6 consecutive months with earned income earning the National Minimum Wage for at least 16 hours per week.