Universal Credit

Universal credit (UC) full service has now rolled out across the UK. Most people can no longer make brand new claims for tax credits and other benefits that UC replaces, however there are some exceptions to this.

Existing tax credit claimants are currently unaffected by the roll-out of UC unless they choose to make a UC claim, have a change of circumstances that ends their tax credit claim, or they need to make a new claim for another benefit that UC has replaced (such as housing benefit).

This section of the website explains who can claim UC including how it affects existing tax credit claimants, gives an overview of the entitlement rules of UC and links to helpful UC guidance and leaflets.

Latest updates

New Court of Appeal decision (12 May 2020): TD & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Work And Pensions [2020] EWCA Civ 618 - Court of Appeal rules that failure to provide transitional protection for claimants who transferred to universal credit following incorrect legacy benefit decision was unlawful >> More universal credit case law

New Upper Tribunal decision (23 April 2020): CUC/1617/2019 - Whether income support including a disability premium is ‘paid on grounds of incapacity for work or disability’ / whether income support is extinguished or suspended where claimant is imprisoned >> More universal credit case law

New Upper Tribunal decision (17 April 2020): CUC/1389/2019 - Considers a UC claim made online that was ‘closed' for non-attendance for interview to discuss self-employment and the claimant’s subsequent appeal without having obtained a mandatory reconsideration (that the First-tier Tribunal refused to admit) >> More universal credit case law

New Upper Tribunal decision (16 April 2020): CUC/968/2019 - Whether a defective claim for UC is made at point where claimant starts but does not complete process of entering information on online claim form, for the purposes of establishing a date of claim >> More universal credit case law

New regulations (28 March 2020): Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.371/2020) and Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.53/2020) - New regulations that provide for miscellaneous changes to social security in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak including in relation to the minimum income floor, and the rate of the standard allowance in universal credit >> More universal credit legislation

Uprating of universal credit (24 March 2020): Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.40/2020) - New regulations in Northern Ireland that provide for the up-rating of certain benefits, including universal credit, from April 2020 >> More universal credit legislation

Uprating of universal credit (18 March 2020): Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2020 (SI.No.234/2020) - New regulations that provide for the up-rating of certain benefits, including universal credit, from April 2020 >> More universal credit legislation

New regulations (16 March 2020): Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit (Coronavirus Disease) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.289/2020) - New regulations that introduce temporary reforms to support claimants during the coronavirus outbreak >> More universal credit legislation

New regulations in Northern Ireland (13 March 2020): Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit (Coronavirus) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.33/2020) - New regulations that introduce temporary reforms to support claimants during the coronavirus outbreak >> More universal credit legislation in Northern Ireland

New High Court decision (30 January 2020): AR & SXC, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2020] EWCA Civ 37 (29 January 2020) - Court of Appeal upholds High Court judgments that failure to protect income of severely disabled claimants migrating to universal credit is unlawful >> More universal credit case law

New Upper Tribunal decision (23 January 2020): CUC/2274/2018 - Claimant's view that it would be pointless to apply for a vacancy does not amount to a good reason for failing to apply for a vacancy as directed by the Secretary of State >> More universal credit case law

New regulations (16 January 2020): Housing Benefits and Universal Credit Housing Costs (Executive Determinations) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.14/2020) - New regulations that make changes to the manner in which the local housing allowance is determined in Northern Ireland >> More universal credit legislation