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Universal credit

Universal credit

This factsheet provides an overview of universal credit and summarises the main rules affecting claimants.

Universal credit and childcare costs - what you need to know

20 August 2019
As the school year starts again, parents will be sending their wee ones off to school or nursery and will perhaps be thinking about moving into work themselves. For lots of people this will also involve turning to universal credit for help to pay with childcare costs. A new report from CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System suggests for some parents and childcare providers claiming universal credit childcare costs may be not be entirely straightforward.

Early Warning System report on universal credit and childcare costs

20 August 2019
Financial support to low income families to pay for childcare through working tax credits is being replaced by the childcare element of universal credit. This Early Warning System report examines the impact of this change on parents and childcare providers.

Universal credit and students

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

Universal credit for lone parent students

This factsheet has information about universal credit for lone parents on a course of education.

Universal credit migration - the latest

14 August 2019
Our first seminar now available to book

Benefits and tax credits for lone parent students

This factsheet sets out the main social security benefits and tax credits that lone parents may be able to claim during a course of education.

Benefits for young people in further education or training

This factsheet covers the rules for young people in further education or on certain training courses claiming means-tested benefits.

Universal credit and prison

Issue 271 (August 2019)
People entering and leaving prison tend to encounter a specific set of difficulties within the universal credit (UC) system. These include confusion about whether they are entitled to UC, doubts about whether they have permanently lost entitlement to legacy benefits and the consequences of detention for those claiming benefits because they have limited capability for work. Barbara Donegan explains.

UC date of claim and Help to Claim

Issue 271 (August 2019)
It is now clear that the DWP does not accept that use of the ‘Help to Claim’ service (operated by Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland) permits a claimant to rely on rules allowing the date of a claim for universal credit (UC) to be fixed at the date help is first requested. Simon Osborne explains.