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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..

You can only get Universal Credit now if you are making a new claim in a Universal Credit full digital service area.  

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.

Updated January 2018

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