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

Latest updates

New regulations (12 December 2018): Rent Officers (Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Functions) (Amendment) Order 2018 (SI.No.1332/2018) - Provides for specified LHA rates to be increased by 3 per cent in certain areas where higher rent increases are causing issues with affordability for private rented sector tenants who receive housing benefit or the housing element of universal credit >> More universal credit legislation

New regulations (5 November 2018): Universal Credit and Jobseeker's Allowance (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018 (SI.No.1129/2018) - Provides for changes to regulations relating to UC that reintroduce entitlement to claim housing costs towards rent for all 18 to 21 year old claimants, and extension of kinship carer support under the two child policy. Equivalent changes have been made in Northern Ireland by Universal Credit and Jobseeker's Allowance (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018 (SR.No.187/2018) >> More universal credit legislation

New Upper Tribunal decision (5 September 2018): CUC/1974/2017 - Failure by a First-tier Tribunal to exercise its enabling and inquisitorial jurisdiction amounts to an error of law >> More universal credit case law

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 High Court judgment (14 June 2018): TP and AR, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2018] EWHC 1474 (Admin) (14 June 2018) - High Court rules that government's failure to protect benefit rates for severely disabled people migrating to universal credit is unlawful >> More universal credit case law