The latest updates about Universal Credit  

Universal Credit has been in the news again recently with a number of changes and updates.  We’ve listed some key changes below: 

  • Anyone who currently receives a Severe Disability Premium (SDP) within their current benefits will not be able to make a new claim for Universal Credit from 16 January 2019. People with an SDP will move to Universal Credit as part of a managed migration process. This is to ensure people who receive an SDP are not worse off on Universal Credit and can benefit from transitional protection payments.
  • A plan to extend the ‘two child limit’ has been scrapped but it still impacts any third or subsequent child born after April 2017 as it currently does under Child Tax Credit. From 1 February 2019, families with more than two children who make new claims for Universal Credit will no longer be able to claim Child Tax Credit instead.
  • The phased introduction of Universal Credit has been pushed back again. The rolling out of the full digital service of Universal Credit to all areas of the country was completed on 12 December 2018 for new claims or for people having to make a new claim due to a change of circumstance. The plan is to start transferring some people from the existing benefits or tax credits onto Universal Credit from July 2019.
  • From 16 May, couples where one partner is aged above Pension Credit age and the other is aged under Pension Credit age will no longer be able to make a new claim for Pension Credit.  Instead they will have to claim Universal Credit.  Mixed aged couples on Pension Credit can continue to remain on Pension Credit as long as they continue to satisfy the Pension Credit rules.

 If you have any questions about Universal Credit or any other benefits, please contact our Welfare Benefits Advice team on 0300 373 3000 or email them at

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