Transition to Universal Credit

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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 being introduced in Northern Ireland from Sept 2017), whether you can claim in your postcode area depends on your circumstances.

Latest updates

New Upper Tribunal decision (26 July 2018): CUC/1067/2018 - The judge makes two points. First, without deciding the issue, it is inherent in the nature of a notification that can lead to a sanction for failure to comply that it does not take effect unless and until it is received. Second, he decides that the notion of good reason does not allow a person who was not aware of a letter of notification to be made subject to a sanction >> More universal credit case law

New regulations (20 July 2018): Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 17, 19, 22, 23 and 24 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Modification) (No. 2)) Order 2018 (SI.No.881/2018) - New regulations that include the part postcodes in Great Britain to which the universal credit full service will roll-out between 5 September to 12 December 2018 >> More universal credit legislation

New regulations (20 July 2018): Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 (Commencement No. 12 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions and Commencement No. 9, 10 and 11 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Amendment)) Order 2018 (SR.No.138/2018) - New regulations provide for the introduction of universal credit in specified postcode areas in Northern Ireland from 5 September to 5 December 2018 >> More about universal credit in Northern Ireland

New regulations (9 May 2018): Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 (Commencement No. 11 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions) Order 2018 (SR.No.97/2018) - New regulations provide for the introduction of universal credit in specified postcode areas in Northern Ireland from 16 May 2018 to 27 June 2018 >> More about universal credit in Northern Ireland

New regulations (27 April 2018): Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 17, 19, 22, 23 and 24 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Modification)) Order 2018 (SI.No.532/2018) - New regulations that include the part postcodes in Great Britain to which the universal credit full service will roll-out between 2 May and 25 July 2018 >> More universal credit legislation

New regulations (13 March 2018): Universal Credit Housing Costs (Executive Determinations) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018 (SI.No.36/2018) - New universal credit regulations issued in relation to local housing allowance rates in Northern Ireland >> More universal credit (Northern Ireland) legislation

New Upper Tribunal judgment (27 February 2018): CUC/533/2017 - Whether claimant responsible for child - child staying with godparent near college but also staying alternate weekends with father. Whether "normally living with" means living with the claimant for longer than with any other person - CFC/1537/1995 considered - whether test for family credit legislation also applies to Universal Credit Regulations - where child normally lives with different adults in two different places, the main responsibility test must be applied >> More universal credit case law

New regulations (7 February 2018): Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 9, 21 and 23 (Amendment), Commencement No. 11, 13, 17, 19, 22, 23 and 24 (Modification), Transitional and Transitory Provisions) Order 20181 (SI.No.138/2018) - New regulations that include the part postcodes in Great Britain to which the universal credit full service will roll-out between 7 February and 25 April 2018 >> More universal credit legislation

New regulations (7 February 2018): Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 30 and Transitory Provisions) Order 2018 (SI.No.145/2018) - New regulations in relation to the entitlement conditions for free school meals consequent upon the full roll-out of universal credit >> More universal credit legislation

New Upper Tribunal judgment (30 January 2018): CUC/1653/2016 - ‘Good cause’ case law applies to consideration of ‘good reason’ / ignorance of law is capable of founding ‘good reason’ for failure to carry out work-related requirement >> More universal credit case law

New regulations (23 January 2018): Universal Credit (Miscellaneous Amendments, Saving and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2018 (SI.No.65/2018) - New regulations issued that include changes announced in Budget 2017 and the Secretary of State for Work and Pension’s oral statement the following day >> More universal credit legislation

New regulations (17 January 2018): Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 (Commencement No. 10 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions and Commencement No. 9 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Amendment)) Order 2018 (SR.No.1/2018) - New regulations provide for the introduction of universal credit in specified postcode areas in Northern Ireland from 17 January 2018 to 7 March 2018 >> More about universal credit in Northern Ireland

Universal credit roll-out in Northern Ireland (16 January 2018): Government publishes postcodes to which universal credit will roll-out in Northen Ireland between January and March 2018 >> More about universal credit in Northern Ireland

New regulations in Scotland (4 January 2018): Universal Credit (Claims and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2017 (SSI.No.436/2017) - New regulations that provide for the extension of flexible payment arrangements for universal credit claimants in Scotland >> More about universal credit in Scotland

New Upper Tribunal judgment (2 January 2018): CUC/1808/2017 - Consideration must be given as to whether the 35 hour work search requirement should be reduced or lifted >> More universal credit case law

 

 

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As univeral credit continues its roll out, check whether you can claim in your postcode area with our new web tool: universalcreditinfo.net