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 (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.145/2017 that relates to the calculation of the earnings threshold for exception from the benefit cap for universal credit claimants | SR.No.144/2017 that provides for an increase in local housing allowance rates in designated areas when calculating universal credit housing costs | SR.No.143/2017 that relates to the availability of discretionary housing payments for universal credit claimants | SR.No.142/2017 that 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.

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