Universal Credit: further information for couples

An overview of what Universal Credit means for couples who make a joint claim, including who can make a joint claim and what they will be expected to do in return.



This guide provides basic information about what couples need to know if they make a joint Universal Credit claim.

It includes information about how DWP defines a couple and the steps that people will be expected to take when they make a joint Universal Credit claim. It covers:

  • how a joint claim is made online
  • what claimants will be expected to do in return
  • how payments are made

Part of the Universal Credit toolkit for partner organisations.

Published 20 June 2014
Last updated 28 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated information about mixed age couples who claim Universal Credit.
  2. Updated the Universal Credit information for couples page.
  3. This page is being updated with the latest changes to Universal Credit and will be republished shortly.
  4. Removed permitted work amount for couples from section 4 as this no longer applies. Each claim is based on the couple's circumstances.
  5. Updated guide with new 0800 freephone numbers for Universal Credit.
  6. Added information and link to Money Advice Service money manager.
  7. Updated to reflect changes to Universal Credit from April 2016 (English only, Welsh to follow).
  8. Revised version with new information about the roll-out of Universal Credit.
  9. Revised version includes the latest information about Universal Credit.
  10. First published.