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You have to satisfy gateway conditions to claim Universal Credit in live service areas.  

Example gateway conditions:

  • You and/or your partner are a jobseeker who is not claiming or waiting to hear about a claim for Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • You do not have a ‘fit note’ from your doctor that says you are unable to work due to illness or disability
  • You are a British citizen who has lived in the UK for the past 2 years
  • You do not have over £6,000 in savings or capital
  • You are not a home owner
  • You are not self-employed
  • You are not pregnant

To find out more about the gateway conditions in your area and whether you will have to apply for Universal Credit instead of other benefits, you can: