Universal credit is a new benefit that is being introduced in stages across the UK.
Phased roll-out from 2014 to 2022
The full roll-out of universal credit started in April 2014 and should be complete by March 2022.
Universal credit is now available in every Jobcentre Plus in the country.
In some areas only single people without children can apply. In other areas, couples or people with children can also apply.
If you claim other benefits or tax credits
If you are already getting one of the benefits or tax credits that universal credit replaces, you will probably be transferred onto universal credit between 2019 and 2022.
Jobcentre Plus will tell you when this is going to happen.
Last updated 27 Apr 2017 | © Shelter