Universal Credit: The Housing Element


This one day course provides a complete introduction to and overview of the Universal Credit Housing Element including how entitlement is worked out, claimed and paid.


Course objectives

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Be aware of the basic eligibility conditions for Universal Credit (UC);

  • Understand the liability for housing costs rules for the UC Housing Element;

  • Know how different types of rent are treated within the UC Housing Element;

  • Have gained an understanding of the treatment of income and capital rules within UC Housing Element;

  • Be clear about service charges, non-dependant deductions and the under occupancy rules within UC Housing Element;

  • Understand the temporary absence and two homes rules in UC Housing Element;

  • Understand the definition of specified supported accommodation and when tenants can continue to get Housing Benefit;

  • Be aware of how changes in circumstances affect UC and the Housing Element and how to deal with overpayments;

  • Understand how the UC Housing Element is calculated for people in and out of work.

  • Have access to any course-related question for 12 months after the course.


Methods of delivery

This is a practical course. It is delivered using a combination of trainer presentation, group work and exercises, case studies, group discussion and games.


Suitable for

This course is relevant to anyone who works with tenants or homeowners of working age.