Universal credit

Welfare Rights - Universal Credit block

Universal credit is a new benefit for people of working age, who are in or out of work. It was introduced from October 2013 for new claims. 

This page lists all our resources on universal credit.


Key resources


  • Universal credit: defective claims and withdrawals

    Issue 262 (February 2018)
    article

    Martin Williams looks at when a ‘claim’ for universal credit (UC) might not result in the claimant transferring to UC from current awards of legacy benefits.

  • Universal credit changes now and then

    Issue 262 (February 2018)
    article

    The Autumn Budget and associated announcements herald a number of important changes in universal credit (UC), described here by Simon Osborne.

  • Universal Credit, disability and transitional protection

    Last updated: February 12, 2018
    test case

    R (TD, AD and IM) v SSWP CO/590/2018

    On 8 February 2018, CPAG issued a claim for permission to apply for judicial review on behalf of two households, each with a person with a disability, challenging the lack of transitional protection or, alternatively, the inability to return to legacy benefits once an award for universal credit has been made in circumstances where the DWP makes a decision terminating an individual’s award of a legacy benefit, which is subsequently shown to have been a wrong decision and is overturned, and the individual is financially worse off under UC.

  • ESA/UC: appeals and previous medical reports

    Issue 261 (December 2017)
    article

    Simon Osborne reviews recent caselaw and guidance concerning when a tribunal considering an appeal about the work capability assessment should call for the previous medical report.

  • Universal credit and disabled students

    Issue 261 (December 2017)
    article

    Angela Toal describes a problem and some possible solutions regarding disabled students attempting to claim universal credit.

  • ‘Closing’ universal credit claims

    Issue 260 (October 2017)
    article

    Martin Williams looks at the DWP practice of ‘closing’ claims to universal credit (UC).

  • ‘Two-child limit’: the exceptions

    Issue 260 (October 2017)
    article

    Following the introduction of the ‘two-child limit’ in April 2017 (as described in Bulletin 257), Mark Willis takes a closer look at the exceptions now that government guidance is available.

    NB: The 'interim period' during which transitional protection applies in universal credit to children born before 6 April 2017 has now been extended to 31 January 2019 following November 2018 Budget announcement.

  • 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).

  • 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.