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Universal Credit (UC) - When can I get Universal Credit (UC)?

Find out more about Universal Credit.

When can I get Universal Credit (UC)?

When can I get Universal Credit?

You can only get Universal Credit now if you are making a new claim in a Universal Credit full digital service area.   From 12 December 2018, all areas of the country will be full digital service areas.

To claim Universal Credit you must be living in a full digital service area and not have three or more children.  If you live in a full digital service area and are not receiving any of the following benefits or you try to make a new claim for any of them you will be required to claim Universal Credit instead.

  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit

To find out if you are in a full digital service area, you can:

See our Universal Credit Timetable for further details and to see a list of Job centres currently taking claims for Universal Credit.

If you don’t want to make a new claim you won’t currently have to go on to Universal Credit even if you live in a full digital service area. It is only from July 2019 onwards that the DWP will start transferring people from the existing benefit system to Universal Credit.  This will be known as 'Managed Migration'.

Updated November 2018

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