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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?

Universal Credit is being phased in gradually, and it will depend on where you live as to whether you can make a claim for Universal Credit..

Universal Credit is being introduced in stages. It is available to single people, couples and families in some areas of the country. It has been rolled out nationally to all single jobseekers without children for new claims.  From the summer of 2016 it is gradually being rolled out to all claimant types of working age making new claims (apart from families with more than 2 children), but this is still only occurring in certain areas currently.

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

For those on benefits that are being replaced, when people start to be moved on to Universal Credit, this will be done in one of two ways:

Natural Migration - If you experience a significant change of circumstance that affects your benefit entitlement the opportunity will be taken to move you on to Universal Credit at that point

Managed Migration - If your circumstances don't change, once Universal Credit has been established in every area for new claims, the Department for Work and Pensions will begin to move people over to Universal Credit on a systematic basis


Updated 21 July 2016

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