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 and ‘natural migration’

    Issue 254 (October 2016)
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    Simon Osborne looks at the circumstances in which a claimant with current entitlement to a ‘legacy’ benefit can end up on universal credit (UC) following a change in circumstances.

  • Housing benefit and universal credit

    Issue 253 (August 2016)
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    David Simmons examines some of the complexities that can arise from the phased replacement of housing benefit (HB) by universal credit (UC).

  • Universal credit: full steam ahead

    Issue 251 (April 2016)
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    Simon Osborne describes the latest plans for the roll out of universal credit (UC) and, in particular, the UC ‘full service’.1

    • 1. This process has already started: see, for example, provisions in SI 2016 No.33 and SI 2016 No.407.
  • Universal credit advances

    Issue 250 (February 2016)
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    Robbie Spence considers rules and practices that apply to payments in advance of universal credit (UC).

  • Universal credit: early warnings

    Issue 249 (Dec 2015)
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    Kirsty McKechnie reports on what is emerging about the experience of universal credit through CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System.

  • Universal credit: recent rule changes

    Issue 249 (Dec 2015)
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    Simon Osborne describes a number of new regulations which make some important changes to the universal credit (UC) rules.

  • Short-term benefit advances


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    Short-term benefit advances (STBAs) are small, repayable loans of future entitlement to certain benefits. They are for claimants who are in financial need due to delay in paying their benefit.

  • Universal Credit Advances


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    The rules about advance payments of Universal Credit (UC) are similar to the rules about short-term benefit advances of other benefits.

  • Safeguarding guidance: a tool for practitioners

    Issue 248 (October 2015)
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    Safeguarding procedures exist within DWP guidance to protect vulnerable claimants if their claim is about to be stopped. Greenwich Welfare Rights Service has found that querying with the DWP when the guidance has not been applied has regularly resulted in benefit being reinstated quickly. Owen Stevens and Corin Hammersley explain current safeguarding guidance for employment and support allowance (ESA) and universal credit (UC).

  • The universal credit gateway: early experiences

    Issue 246 (June 2015)
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    The ‘national expansion’ of universal credit (UC), which began this spring, is anticipated to bring the new benefit to every jobcentre in the UK by 2016.1 Evidence has emerged that misunderstanding of the rules governing who is eligible to claim UC – known as ‘gateway conditions’ – has meant the wrong people making claims for the new benefit. Dan Norris explains how advisers can help.2