Transition to universal credit: DWP Advice for Decision Making (ADM)

DWP benefits have long been administered by decision makers following the DWP’s decision makers guidance (DMG). For new benefits introduced from April 2013, including Universal Credit, DWP has decided to set out their guidance in a newly named ‘Advice for Decision Making’ – ADM for short. ADM will cover new benefits including Universal Credit and Personal Independent Payment as well as Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support allowance (following changes to them by the Welfare Reform Act 2012).

This section of the site covers the ADM for Universal Credit only. You can find the ADM for other benefits on the Gov.UK website. Guidance from HMRC relating to stopping tax credits can be found in our HMRC guidance section.

ADM guidance
Getting updates
Helpful documents

ADM guidance

The guidance is split into 12 sections covering Universal Credit as well as some common subject areas.

A: Decision Making and Appeals

B: Subjects common to UC, PIP, ESA AND JSA (includes payments, restrictions of benefit and evidence of age and death)

C: International issues

D: Subjects common to UC, ESA AND JSA (includes overpayments, recoverability, third party deductions, loan interest payments)

E: Universal Credit: basic entitlement, awards and restrictions

F: Universal Credit: elements

G: Universal Credit: capability for work or work-related activity

H: Universal Credit: capital, income and students

J: Universal Credit: claimant responsibilities

K: Universal Credit: sanctions

L: Universal Credit and hardship

M: Universal Credit: transition

You can find ADM memos on the GOV.UK website:

Advice for Decision Making and memo updates

Getting updates

Advisers can get updates to the ADM and other Decision Makers Guidance (DMG) by emailing

Helpful documents

To aid advisers in understanding the ADM, DWP have produced two PDF’s that explain abbreviations and reference the legislation referred to in the ADM.

List of abbreviations
List of statutes and statutory instruments

Last reviewed/updated 27 July 2016 Published 27 July 2016