Donate

Universal Credit (UC) transitional protection - Can I get Universal Credit (UC) transitional protection?

Transitional Protection tops up your Universal Credit. It is only available to certain groups.

Last reviewed 21 September 2023

Can I get Universal Credit (UC) transitional protection?

Transitional protection is only available to:

  • People who are moved over to Universal Credit through the project.
  • People covered by the Severe Disability Premium rules.

You will be able to get Severe Disability Premium transitional protection if:

You won't be able to get Severe Disability Premium transitional protection if you didn't satisfy the conditions for getting Severe Disability Premium on the first day of your Universal Credit claim.

For example, if someone starts claiming Carer's Allowance for you before you make your Universal Credit claim, you would no longer meet the conditions for getting Severe Disability Premium. So you wouldn't be able to get Severe Disability Premium transitional protection.

The can identify people who were getting Severe Disability Premium on their own Income Support, income-related ESA or income-based JSA claim. The DWP cannot identify people who were part of a couple and their partner was getting Severe Disability Premium on the partner's Income Support, income-related ESA or income-based JSA claim. If this applies to you, it is important you check your Universal Credit claim and get advice.

Share

Printable version of this guide

Was this page helpful?

Tell us the problem

*Required

Thank you

Thank you for your feedback. If you would like to tell us more, please visit our contact us page.

Check benefit entitlement

Find out what means-tested benefits you might be entitled to, including tax credits.

Use the Benefits Calculator

Grants Search

Search our database of grant-giving organisations.

Search for grants

Find an adviser

Search for advice and support services near you.

Find an Adviser