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, disability and transitional protection

    Last updated: March 1, 2019
    test case

    R (TD and AD) v SSWP CO/590/2018; R (Reynolds) v SSWP CO/4542/2018

    This case continued notwithstanding the Ministerial statement and subsequent draft regulations claiming to provide transitional protection to those disabled people who have moved onto UC ahead of the managed migration process and, as a consequence, lost out on the SDP. The draft regulations do not in fact provide for a disabled adult previously in receipt of SDP to receive an equivalent top up amount in UC if they are in receipt of the LCWRA element and do not address at all the situation of disabled children.

    The two cases were heard together at the High Court on 23 & 24 January 2019, and the judgment was given on 1 March. The High Court rejected a claim of unlawful discrimination and refused permission to appeal. CPAG will seek leave to appeal direct to the Court of Appeal.

    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.

  • UC child elements and child benefit

    Issue 268 (February 2019)
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    Henri Krishna takes a look at the relationship, both real and imagined, between the child element in universal credit and child benefit

  • UC migration and more

    Issue 268 (February 2019)
    article

    Simon Osborne describes some important recent changes in universal credit (UC).

  • UC and the WCA – some questions and answers

    Issue 267 (December 2018)
    article

    Simon Osborne answers some common questions about universal credit (UC) and the work capability assessment (WCA).

  • Help with childcare costs in universal credit

    Issue 267 (December 2018)
    article

    Dan Norris reviews the main rules on childcare costs in universal credit.

  • Universal credit and free school meals

    Issue 266 (October 2018)
    article

    Mark Willis reviews how universal credit (UC) can give entitlement to free school meals.

  • UC: value for money?

    Issue 265 (August 2018)
    article

    Barbara Donegan describes an independent report which raises some fundamental questions about the operation of universal credit (UC).

  • UC and disability

    Issue 265 (August 2018)
    article

    Simon Osborne reviews some of the main features of universal credit (UC) for claimants with a disability.

  • Universal credit and housing costs

    Issue 264 (June 2018)
    article

    Martin Williams looks at some common problems with the housing element of universal credit (UC).

  • Two-child limit: one year on

    Issue 263 (April 2018)
    article

    Kirsty McKechnie sets out what CPAG’s Early Warning System has been learning about the first year of the operation of the ‘two-child limit’ in means-tested benefits.