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 blog post (22 March 2017): Universal Credit full (digital) service roll-out continues

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 blog post (15 March 2017): Universal Credit full (digital) service roll-out continues

New blog post (15 March 2017): Wales introduce earnings thresholds in UC to passported help with health costs

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.

New regulations (13 March 2017): Social Security (Social Care Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (SI.No.291/2017) - New regulations issued that make amendments to the definition of 'registered social worker' for the purposes of universal credit.

New regulations (13 March 2017): National Health Service (Welfare Reform Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) Regulations 2017 (WSI.No.340/2017) - New regulations issued that introduce earnings thresholds in universal credit to establish entitlement to full help with certain health costs in Wales.

New blog post (8 March 2017): Universal Credit full (digital) service roll-out continues - 8 March

New blog post (7 March 2017): Universal Credit - removal of housing costs element for some claimants aged 18-21

New blog post (3 March 2017): Consent for advisers and MPs dealing with Universal Credit full service cases

New regulations (6 March 2017): Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2017 (SI.No.260/2017) - New regulations set out rates for social security benefits, including Universal Credit, for 2017/2018.

New regulations (6 March 2017): Universal Credit (Housing Costs Element for claimants aged 18 to 21) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (SI.No.252/2017) - New regulations that remove entitlement to the housing costs element of universal credit for certain claimants aged 18 to 21 >> More universal credit regulations

New blog post (3 March 2017): Removal of the limited capability for work element from 3 April 2017

New blog post (2 March 2017): DWP publish new Universal Credit guidance for claimants

New blog post (2 March 2017): CPAG briefing on the impact of UC on low income families

 

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