Universal Credit: detailed information for claimants

This collection brings together detailed information for people claiming Universal Credit.

Universal Credit is a monthly payment to help with your living costs. You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income or out of work.

Claiming Universal Credit

Universal credit and other benefits

Published 12 March 2018
Last updated 30 January 2024 + show all updates
  1. Added link to the how to claim step-by-step guide.

  2. Added links to guidance on earnings and Universal Credit, guidance for couples, and transitional protection if you receive a Migration Notice letter.

  3. Added links to the online service and guidance for those who have received a Migration Notice.

  4. Added 'Support for 18 to 21 year olds claiming Universal Credit' to the collection page.

  5. Added 'Claiming Universal Credit and other benefits if you are a refugee' page to collection.

  6. Added 'Universal Credit and prison leavers' page to collection.

  7. Added 'Universal Credit: debt and deductions that can be taken from payments' to the collection page.

  8. 'Universal Credit consent and disclosure of information' added to the collection.

  9. Added 'Universal Credit and other benefits' and 'Universal Credit advances' to the collection page.

  10. Added a link to the Universal Credit and homeless people page.

  11. Added 'Universal Credit: changes to limited capability for work payments' to the collection.

  12. Added the Universal Credit and childcare page to the collection.

  13. Added new style Jobseeker's Allowance and new style Employment and Support Allowance to the collection.

  14. Added 4 links relating to Universal Credit information -- different earning patterns and your payments, families with more than 2 children, if you have a disability or health condition and Universal Credit and tax credits.

  15. Added information about Universal Support.

  16. Added guidance about new rules from 11 April 2018 for claimants to continue to get Housing Benefit for 2 weeks after they move to Universal Credit.

  17. First published.