Policy and legislation Roll-out of universal credit; removal of housing costs element for 18- to 21-year-olds Where a person qualifies for universal credit (UC), with some exceptions, instead of making a claim for housing benefit (HB) in respect of rent, the person will receive the housing costs element as part of their UC (Welfare Reform Act 2012 s11 and Universal Credit Regulations 2013 SI No 376 reg 25). For those who qualify for it, UC is available to single people throughout Great Britain and to couples and families in some Jobcentre areas. The government plans to complete the roll-out of ...