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 29 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated guide with new 0800 freephone numbers for Universal Credit.
  2. Amendment to the date claimants with 3 or more children are able to claim UC.
  3. Amended text relating to new claimants.
  4. First published.