universal credit

  • UC earnings and problems

    Issue 259 (August 2017)
    article

    David Simmons describes some of the issues when a claimant is paid twice during a universal credit (UC) monthly assessment period.

  • From ESA to UC

    Issue 259 (August 2017)
    article

    Simon Osborne looks at the rules regarding claimants ‘migrating’ from employment and support allowance (ESA) to universal credit (UC).

  • Universal credit


    factsheet

    This factsheet outlines the process by which universal credit will replace many existing benefits and summarises the main rules affecting claimants. It has been updated to include changes from April 2017, and a revised timetable for Scotland from the DWP.

  • Prisoners and universal credit


    factsheet

    Your universal credit is affected if you are in prison. This factsheet describes how it can be affected if you or your partner are remanded in custody or serve a prison sentence. It provides information on what happens to your universal credit if you get a community-based sentence, and what happens when you are released from prison.

  • Housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds

    Issue 258 (June 2017)
    article

    Gwyneth King considers changes removing entitlement to universal credit (UC) housing costs for some 18–21-year-olds.

  • Universal Credit - full service

    Level: Standard

    training course

    The roll out of universal credit (UC) full service is underway. Many more people claim UC in the full service, including families, those with health conditions and those in work. People need to make and maintain their claims online.

    This course draws on experience emerging from areas where UC full service is operating. You will learn who is affected, how best to support them, particularly those who are vulnerable or in difficult circumstances, and also have a chance to refresh your knowledge of UC entitlement and calculations.

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  • Introduction to welfare rights


    training course

    This is essential training if you are starting off as a welfare rights adviser or need a good understanding of the benefits system. It introduces you to the key resources and skills you need and takes you through the main benefits in detail. Learning is through a mix of elearning and face-to-face training.

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  • Universal credit and students


    factsheet

    This factsheet explains the rules for students claiming universal credit in Scotland.

  • Tax credits: moving on to universal credit


    factsheet

    This factsheet explains what happens to your tax credit award with the introduction of a new benefit, universal credit.

    It contains information that is relevant UK-wide, with more detail on areas in Scotland where universal credit is being introduced.

  • ESA and UC: components axed

    Issue 257 (April 2017)
    article

    The employment and support allowance (ESA) component for work-related activity and the universal credit (UC) element for limited capability for work have been abolished from 3 April 2017. Simon Osborne describes the rules, including who can still be entitled.