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


  • Tax credits: new problems

    Issue 245 (April 2015)
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    Although the Welfare Reform Act 2012 provides for the abolition of tax credits, it is still possible for people who are not entitled to universal credit to make a new claim for tax credits for 2015/16 and the majority of claimants will see their awards renewed as normal. There are also some new developments in policy and legislation, described here by Mark Willis.

  • Tax-Free Childcare, universal credit and tax credits

    Issue 244 (February 2015)
    article

    Mark Willis describes a new scheme due for introduction during 2015, aimed at assisting with childcare costs for some families, and its exclusive interaction with universal credit (UC) and tax credits. UPDATE: Tax-Free Childcare will not be introduced until 2017.

  • Is universal credit working?

    Issue 243 (December 2014)
    article

    Paul Treloar describes an official report on the impact of universal credit (UC).

  • Universal credit: get ready

    Issue 243 (December 2014)
    article

    With universal credit (UC) due to begin a significant nationwide expansion from February 2015, advisers should be ready for the main rules determining access to the UC system, and the main problems and challenges likely to arise for claimants. Simon Osborne and David Simmons explain.

  • Overpayments and official error

    Issue 242 (October 2014)
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    Simon Osborne reviews rules on the relationship between benefit overpayment recovery and official error, with reference to some recent decisions from the Upper Tribunal.

  • Universal credit: expansion to new areas and to couples

    Issue 241 (August 2014)
    article

    Recent rule changes have made a number of changes to the universal credit (UC) rules. The changes include an expansion of the UC areas in north west England, and the introduction of the possibility of new claims from couples. Simon Osborne explains.

  • Tax credits - moving on to universal credit


    factsheet

    This factsheet explains what happens to your tax credit award with the introduction of universal credit.

  • Universal Credit: what you need to know


    page

    Universal Credit What you need to know

    Price £15 (cover price) (Members and CAB Price £13.00) 
    c.159 pages  ISBN 978-1-910715-05-5

  • Universal credit: budgeting support

    Issue 234 (June 2013)
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    David Simmons examines DWP guidance on the provision of budgeting support for universal credit claimants.

  • Welfare reform in 2013

    Issue 233 (April 2013)
    article

    2013 is a landmark year in welfare reform. Simon Osborne outlines the main changes.