Universal Credit and families with more than 2 children: information for stakeholders

This guidance will help you in your conversations with claimants who may be effected by the Universal Credit 2 child policy.



Universal Credit claimants will no longer be able to claim payment for a third child or any subsequent children who are born on or after 6 April 2017. Some exceptions will apply according to an individual’s circumstances.

This stakeholder guidance covers the following topics:

  • policy background
  • advice for existing and new claimants
  • exceptions
  • required evidence for exceptions
  • additional information, including the definition of a qualifying young person
Published 6 April 2017
Last updated 27 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Universal Credit live service telephone helpline opening hours changed to 9am to 4pm.
  2. Updated guide with new 0800 freephone numbers for Universal Credit.
  3. Amendment to the date claimants with 3 or more children are able to claim UC.
  4. Amended text relating to new claimants.
  5. First published.