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 is due to be introduced from October 2013 for new claims. 

This page lists all our resources on universal credit.


Key resources


  • Universal credit – an update

    Issue 229 (August 2012)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes recent developments concerning the introduction, main rules and claims and payments arrangements of universal credit.

  • Universal credit and related regulations: response to the SSAC’s call for evidence

    July 2012
    briefing

    This is CPAG’ s response to the Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the draft universal credit and related regulations.

    The submission highlights our concerns that in many instances simplification is a mask for cuts, as complex but important features of the current system are replaced with less generous provision.

  • Universal credit: what we know and don’t yet know

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
    article

    David Simmons considers what we do and don’t know about universal credit, following the passing of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

  • Welfare Reform Act 2012

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
    article

    Do acts speak louder than words? Edward Graham gives a round-up of the changes on their way.

  • Escalating conditionality

    Issue 225 (December 2011)
    article

    David Simmons describes the new conditionality regime for benefit claimants provided for in the Welfare Reform Bill 2011.

  • Spending Review – more cuts

    Issue 219 (December 2010)
    article

    Angela Toal examines the changes to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the Government’s Spending Review in October 2010.

  • Twenty-first century welfare

    Issue 218 (October 2010)
    article

    David Simmons examines the Government’s consultation paper on reforming the current system of benefits and tax credits.