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 due to be introduced in Northern Ireland in 2017), whether you can claim in your postcode area depends on your circumstances.

Latest updates

New regulations (5 June 2017): Welfare Reform (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 (SI.No.182/2017) - New regulations that introduce an earnings threshold in universal credit to establish entitlement to free school lunches and provision of early learning and childcare in Scotland >> More on the transition to universal credit in Scotland

New regulations (30 May 2017):  Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 29 and Commencement No. 17, 19, 22, 23 and 24 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Modification)) Order 2017 (SI.No.664/2017) - New regulations that provide for the further roll-out of the universal credit full service between July and September 2017 >> More universal credit legislation

New regulations (26 April 2017): Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 19, 22, 23 and 24 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Modification)) Order 2017 (SI.No.584/2017) - New regulations that provide for the further roll-out of the universal credit full service between May and June 2017 >> More universal credit legislation

New case law (5 April 2017): CUC/2924/2016 - A lacuna in right to reside law must be found in EU law and not in domestic benefit law / A mistake to focus exclusively on EU law, whether to identify whether the law as a whole is deficient or to find a solution to the perceived problem >> More universal credit case law

New case law (5 April 2017): CUC/2058/2016 - Whether official computer system inoperative >> More universal credit case law

New regulations (17 March 2017): Social Security (Restrictions on Amounts for Children and Qualifying Young Persons) Amendment Regulations 2017 (SI.No.376.2017) -  New regulations that introduce a 2-child limit to Universal Credit and other social security benefits, including Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance and Housing Benefit

New regulations (14 March 2017): Universal Credit (Reduction of the Earnings Taper Rate) Amendment Regulations 2017 (SI.No.348/2017) - New regulations issued that provide for a reduction of the universal credit taper rate from 65 to 63 per cent.

New regulations (13 March 2017): Welfare Reform and Work (Northern Ireland) Order 2016 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2017 (SR.No.46/2017) - New regulations issued in relation to the introduction of the two child limit in 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