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. 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.

You can find the ADM and memos providiing updates on the GOV.UK website.

Getting updates

Advisers can get updates to the ADM and other Decision Makers Guidance (DMG) by emailing dma.leedsmailinglist@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

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 16 November 2018