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


  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • Universal credit: problems and solutions

    Issue 256 (February 2017)
    article

    The roll out of the live and now full universal credit (UC) services has highlighted a number of problems. In some cases, these are caused primarily by interpretation of legislation and, in others, by DWP policies and systems. Henri Krishna summarises some of the main problems CPAG has encountered and shares solutions where we have them.

  • Universal credit full service – early warning

    Issue 255 (December 2016)
    article

    Kirsty McKechnie describes some early examples of problems with the operation of the ‘full service’ of universal credit, as reported to CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System.

  • Universal credit: alternative payment arrangements

    Issue 255 (December 2016)
    article

    David Simmons examines the normal and alternative universal credit payment arrangements.