Transition to Universal Credit

Universal credit is rolling out across the UK, replacing tax credits and other benefits for working-age claimants.

However, whilst universal credit is currently available in all Jobcentre Plus areas in Great Britain (and is being introduced in Northern Ireland from Sept 2017), whether you can claim in your postcode area depends on your circumstances.

Latest updates

Roll-out in Northern Ireland (15 November 2017) - Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 (Commencement No. 9 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions) Order 2017 (SR.No.216/2017) - Provides for roll out of universal credit to specified postcode areas in Northern Ireland from 15 November 2017 and 13 December 2017 >> More about universal credit in Northern Ireland

Roll-out in Northern Ireland (8 November 2017) - Department for Communities in Northern Ireland publishes postcodes where universal credit will roll-out on 15 November 2017 (Ballymoney) and 13 December 2017 (Magherafelt and Coleraine) >> More about universal credit in Northern Ireland

New regulations (4 October 2017) - Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 17, 19, 22, 23 and 24 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Modification)) Order 2017 (SI.No.952/2017) sets out the full service expansion between October 2017 and January 2018 >> More universal credit legislation

New regulations (4 October 2017) - Healthy Start Scheme and Day Care Food Scheme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (SR.No.200.2017) - Add receipt of universal credit as a qualifying benefit for Healthy Start Scheme food and vitamins in Northern Ireland >> More on the transition to universal credit in Northern Ireland

New regulations in Northern Ireland (25 September 2017): Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 (Commencement No. 8 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions) Order 2017 (SR.No.190/2017) - This Order brings into force provisions of the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 (SI.No.2006/2015) that relate to the introduction of universal credit in Northern Ireland and the abolition of income related employment and support allowance and income-based jobseeker’s allowance >> More on the transition to universal credit in Northern Ireland

New case law (22 September 2017): CUC/166/2017 - Secretary of State concedes that where an employer fails to notify earnings on time, a universal credit award may be adjusted to make appropriate amendments >> More universal credit case law

New regulations in Northern Ireland (21 September 2017): Welfare Reform and Work (Northern Ireland) Order 2016 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2017 (SR.No.166 /2017) brings into force provisions in the Welfare Reform and Work (Northern Ireland) Order 2016 relating to loans for mortgage interest; a provision which removes the ability for the limited capability for work element to be paid to universal credit claimants; and a provision which makes changes to the work-related requirements which apply to certain responsible carers in universal credit >> More on the transition to universal credit in Northern Ireland

 

See also

As univeral credit continues its roll out, check whether you can claim in your postcode area with our new web tool: universalcreditinfo.net