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 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

New regulations in Northern Ireland (11 July 2017): SR.No.147/2017 provides for the universal credit earnings taper rate in Northern Ireland to be reduced to 63 per cent | SR.No.146/2017 provide, amongst other measures, for the removal of the universal credit limited capability for work element | SR.No.145/2017 relates to the calculation of the earnings threshold for exception from the benefit cap for universal credit claimants | SR.No.144/2017 provides for an increase in local housing allowance rates in designated areas when calculating universal credit housing costs | SR.No.143/2017 relates to the availability of discretionary housing payments for universal credit claimants | SR.No.142/2017 removes entitlement to the housing costs element of universal credit for certain claimants aged 18 to 21.

New regulations in Northern Ireland (7 July 2017): Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (SR.No.116/2017) - New regulations issued in Northern Ireland that provide for miscellaneous amendments, including in relation to the assessment of capital for universal credit purposes, and to cold weather payment entitlement for recipients of universal credit >> More on the transition to universal credit in Northern Ireland

New regulations in Scotland (29 June 2017): Universal Credit (Claims and Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 (SI.No.227/2017) - New regulations issued in Scotland that provide for the right to request twice monthly payments of universal credit and direct payment of housing costs to landlords >> More on the transition to universal credit in Scotland

New regulations in Northern Ireland (29 June 2017): Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 (Commencement No. 7) Order 2017 (SR.No.118/2017) - New regulations issued in Northern Ireland that enable discretionary housing payments to be made to those entitled to universal credit >> More on the transition to universal credit in Northern Ireland

New regulations in Scotland (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

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