About Universal Credit in Milton Keynes


Universal Credit is a new type of financial support for people of working age who are looking for work or on a low income.  Over the next few years all working age people on a low income will gradually move from their current benefits to Universal Credit.

Universal Credit start dates in the Milton Keynes Area

From 5 December 2018 all parts of the Milton Keynes Council area are “Full” Universal Credit areas.  This means that most working age people living in the Milton Keynes area cannot make a new claim for Housing Benefit. Instead they will claim Housing Costs with their Universal Credit.

The following postcodes become “Full” service at an earlier date, which means that we will no longer be able to accept a Housing Benefit claim unless they are in one of the exception groups.

MK43 8 is currently “Full” service

MK16 8, MK19 6 and MK19 7 go “Full” service on 14th November  2018

Existing benefit claimants

If you are already claiming any benefits you don’t need to do anything.  You’ll be told when Universal Credit will affect you.  However if your situation changes and this results in your benefits changing you may need to claim Universal Credit if it has started in your area.  

New benefit claimants

You must claim Universal Credit if you are:  

  • of working age, and
  • you live in a postcode where Universal Credit has started and
  • you don’t have more than 2 children living with you.


If you live in a hostel, supported accommodation, a refuge or temporary emergency homeless accommodation, you will need to claim Housing Benefit as well as Universal Credit.

If you have 3 or more dependant children living with you, you will need to claim one or more of the other benefits. 

More information and how to claim Universal Credit

More information about Universal Credit, who can claim and how to claim can be found on the GOV.UK website and by following the links below.

Please note that we link to the Money Advice Service below, which gives free and impartial money advice and is set up by government.  It provides advice and guides to help improve your finances, tools and calculators to help you keep track and plan ahead, with support in person, over the phone and online:

Overview of Universal Credit at GOV.UK:

Need independent advice on housing and benefit matters, including money and debt problems?  Use our Who else might help? pages.


This short film introduces the support that’s available with Universal Credit to help you manage your money:

Introduction to Universal Credit:

Last Updated: 9 November 2018