Housing Benefit helps with your rent payments if you have a low income. If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, it is paid by your local council. If you live in Northern Ireland, it is paid by the Housing Executive.
Universal Credit is replacing Housing Benefit. If you are making a new claim, or there is a change in your circumstances, you may need to apply for Universal Credit instead of Housing Benefit. This will depend on where you live.
To find out if you need to apply for Universal Credit in your area visit gov.uk/guidance/jobcentres-where-you-can-claim-universal-credit