Universal credit: Who is currently eligible to make a claim for Universal Credit?

Universal Credit has a number of conditions that must be met in order to establish entitlement. We explain these in our entitlement to UC section.

However, before even considering the entitlement conditions of the benefit, it must be determined whether the person is eligible to make a claim. Even if a person is eligible to submit a claim, it does not mean they will be entitled to UC. This is because of the way UC is being rolled-out gradually by postcode area.

The first step in establishing eligibility to claim is to find out the claimant’s postcode.

Postcodes accepting UC claims

Once you have established the claimant’s postcode, you will need to find out which of the following categories it falls into:

DWP have a general power to stop accepting UC claims in specific areas at any time under Regulation 4 Transitional Provision Regulations 2014. Please check our blog for the latest information.

Last reviewed/updated 30 May 2018