Universal credit: Legislation and case law

In this section of the website you will find all primary and secondary legislation relating to the transition of tax credits claimants to Universal Credit.

Primary legislation

This section contains links to the Welfare Reform Act and the accompanying explanatory notes as well as other primary legislation relating to Universal Credit.

Secondary Legislation

This section contains secondary legislation including the main Universal Credit Regulations, consequential and miscellaneous amendments and commencement orders. You will also find legislation related to passported benefits and Universal Credit.

Northern Ireland

In this section you will find legislation relating to Universal Credit roll-out in Northern Ireland.


In this section you will legislation relating to devolution of welfare powers to Scotland.

Case law

In this section you will find the main Universal Credit case law.

Last reviewed/updated 30 April 2024