Changes to Universal Credit Housing Costs April 2017 for 18-21year olds

Young people aged between 18-21.

Since 1 April 2017, young people between 18 and 21 were excluded from having a Housing Cost Element included in their Universal Credit (UC) award if they lived in a full or digital service area.

From 31 December 2018 all 18-21 year olds are entitled to claim support from housing costs in Universal Credit, abolishing the policy that was introduced on 1 April 2017 which excluded some under 21s from getting help with rent.

If you would like to know if you are in one of the exempt groups, please contact us on 0300 304 5000 or