Universal credit: Who can claim Universal credit

Universal Credit full service has now rolled out across the UK for most brand new claimants. Two systems are currently running side by side – a live service system and a full service system. The live service closed to brand new claims from 1 January 2018 and the live service is expected to close fully in Spring 2019.

This part of the website explains in detail who can currently claim UC and the impact of UC on existing tax credit claimants.

Roll-out timetable (GB)
This page explains how UC was rolled out in Great Britain between 2013 and December 2018.

Current eligibility to claim
This page explains who is currently eligible to claim UC.

Live service areas
This page explains live service in detail and explains the impact on tax credit claims in live service areas. The live service closed to brand new claims from 1 January 2018 and is expected to close fully by Spring 2019.

Tax credits and UC
This section brings together information about the impact of UC roll-out on claims for tax credits. 

Pensioners
This section explains how the introduction of UC applies to those who have reached state pension credit age.

Northern Ireland
This page looks at how UC rolled out in NI and the differences between GB and NI in respect of UC, including additional support available.

Last reviewed/updated 10 January 2019