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 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).

  • Universal Credit, disability and transitional protection

    Last updated: July 3, 2018
    test case

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

    This case is continuing 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 case has been listed for hearing on 23 Jan 2019.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.