Universal Credit for local authorities

This collection brings together documents, information and updates about Universal Credit for local authority staff.

Universal Credit is helping people prepare for work, move into work and increasing their earnings in work.

Universal Credit ensures that claimants are better off in work than they are on benefits. It is available to people who are on a low income or out of work. It is replacing 6 former benefits with a single monthly payment.

Detailed information about Universal Credit

These Universal Credit collection pages contain more detailed information to support the high level information in the Universal Credit main guide.

Universal Credit: information for claimants

Universal Credit: information for stakeholders and partners

Universal Credit: information for landlords

Universal Credit: information for employers

The DWP Local Authority Welfare Steering Group is the main DWP forum for engaging with the local authority associations. The steering group page includes a list of other representative groups.

Universal Credit transition

Universal Credit full service has being introduced in stages across Great Britain by postcode area. Whether someone can claim it depends on their personal circumstances.

Universal Credit local authority bulletins

The Universal Credit bulletins provide local authority staff with updates on developments with Universal Credit and Universal Support. These bulletins will be issued as and when needed and are designed to mirror the style of Housing Benefit circulars and bulletins DWP uses to communicate with local authorities.

Useful information for Local Authorities

Published 13 September 2013
Last updated 1 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added Housing Benefit general information bulletins 2018 to the collection.

  2. Added Universal Credit consent and disclosure of information to the collection.

  3. Added information about Universal Support.

  4. Published Universal Credit Local Support Services Framework EOI Trialling documents.

  5. Added 'Direct Payment Demonstration Project: Learning and Payment figures: Dec 2013'.

  6. Added "Universal Credit: guidance for local authorities on implementation"

  7. Added "Universal Credit Local Support Services: update and trialling plan" and "Universal Credit: guidance for local authorities on implementation"

  8. Document about the Single Fraud Investigation Service added

  9. First published.