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 regulations (29 October 2019): Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit (Higher-Level Sanctions) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (SI.No.1357/2019) - New regulations issued that reduce the maximum duration of a higher level sanction period from 156 weeks to 26 weeks. Also contain transitional provisions to enable ongoing higher-level sanctions to be terminated once a claimant's award has been reduced for at least 182 days or 26 weeks from the date that the reduction took effect (NB. SR.No.201/2019 makes similar provisions in Northern Ireland, reducing the maximum duration from 78 weeks to 26 weeks) >> More universal credit legisation

New regulations (10 September 2019): Universal Credit (Childcare Costs and Mininum Income Floor) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (SI.No.1249/2019) - New regulations issed that extend the period for reporting childcare costs by a month, and make it clear that all gainfully self-employed claimants are subject to the minimum income floor >> More universal credit legislation

New regulations (10 September 2019): Unviersal Credit (Childcare Costs and Minimum Income Floor) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 (SR.No.173/2019) - New regulations issued in Northern Ireland that extend the period for reporting childcare costs by a month, and make it clear that all gainfully self-employed claimants are subject to the minimum income floor >> More universal credit legislation

New regulations (24 July 2019): Universal Credit (Managed Migration and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 (SI.No.152/2019) - New regulations issued in Northern Ireland that provide for the managed migration of claimants on existing benefits to universal credit >> More universal credit legislation

New regulations (23 July 2019): Universal Credit (Managed Migration Pilot and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 (SI.No.1152/2019) - New regulations issued in relation to the universal credit managed migration pilot due to start in July 2019 >> More universal credit legislation

New regulations (23 July 2019): Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No.33) Order 2019 (SI.No.1135/2019) - Brings into force the remaining regulation-making powers for universal credit in the 2012 Act >> More universal credit legislation

New Upper Tribunal decision (3 July 2019): CSUC/55/2019 - Claimant with permanent right to reside is 'in GB' for the purposes of basic entitlement condition even when not falling within any of the situations in regulation 9(4) of the UC Regulations 2013 >> More universal credit case law