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Last updated:
20/11/2017

When will I have to claim?

  1. Overview
  2. What is Universal Credit?
  3. How much can I get?
  4. What if I am working or studying?
  5. What if I care for someone or have children?
  6. What about my housing costs?
  7. How will income, savings and property affect my Universal Credit?
  8. Will the Benefit Cap affect me?
  9. How will I get my Universal Credit payments?
  10. What is the claimant commitment?
  11. Can I appeal if I disagree with a decision?
  12. When will I have to claim?
  13. Next steps

Universal Credit (UC) is available throughout the country but at the moment, only certain people in particular areas have to claim UC.

Although everyone will be able to claim UC eventually, now you have to claim UC if:

  • You are single,
  • You don’t live with a child,
  • You are able to look for work,
  • You are making a new claim for benefits, and
  • A Jobcentre that accepts UC claims processes your claim.

Do I need to claim Universal Credit if I have children?

Please see the alphabetical list of Jobcentres that accept claims for UC for families with up to two children. 

What if have more than two children?

Families with more than two children cannot make a new claim for UC until November 2018 in any area, so families in this situation would claim existing benefits instead.

Sometimes you can change to UC if you are claiming other benefits even if you are not single or a jobseeker – please get advice from a welfare benefits specialist before you do this because you may get less benefit under UC.

If you do not live in one of the areas where UC is available, your benefits won’t change. The DWP are rolling out Universal Credit in stages. It is expected that the roll out of Universal Credit will completed by the end of 2018.

The DWP are rolling out Universal Credit in stages. It is expected that the roll out of Universal Credit will completed by the end of 2018.

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  1. Overview
  2. What is Universal Credit?
  3. How much can I get?
  4. What if I am working or studying?
  5. What if I care for someone or have children?
  6. What about my housing costs?
  7. How will income, savings and property affect my Universal Credit?
  8. Will the Benefit Cap affect me?
  9. How will I get my Universal Credit payments?
  10. What is the claimant commitment?
  11. Can I appeal if I disagree with a decision?
  12. When will I have to claim?
  13. Next steps
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