Universal Credit if you have a disability or health condition

The support that is available for Universal Credit claimants who have a disability or health condition.



This guide provides information on the support and financial help that is available for Universal Credit claimants who have a disability or health condition.

It explains how Universal Credit simplifies the claim process and gives an overview of the changes that Universal Credit brings.

It also covers Work Capability Assessments and how these relate to the Universal Credit Claimant Commitment, as well as how what is expected of a claimant will depend on their personal situation.

There’s also information on how Universal Credit supports claimants who are able to work or prepare for work, or may be able to in the future.

Read more about Universal Credit.

Published 28 March 2013
Last updated 1 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Removed the wording 'You will not get a sanction if you cannot keep to your Claimant Commitment because of coronavirus (COVID-19)'.

  2. Added information about the help to claim service.

  3. Removed Universal Credit live service telephone details as no longer relevant.

  4. Updated to show that Universal Credit is now available everywhere in Great Britain.

  5. Universal Credit live service telephone helpline opening hours changed to 9am to 4pm.

  6. Content revised to clarify entitlement and conditions for getting Universal Credit.

  7. Updated guide with new 0800 freephone numbers for Universal Credit.

  8. Work Capability Assessments and additional payments content revised. Welsh version removed until updated version is available.

  9. Published revised version (May 2016) - updated to provide the latest information about Universal Credit.

  10. Updated to reflect changes to Universal Credit from April 2016.

  11. Revised version with new information about the roll-out of Universal Credit.

  12. Updated to include the latest information about the expansion of Universal Credit

  13. Detail updated to include more information about the content of the document.

  14. First published.