Universal Credit

Who can claim Universal Credit?

To be eligible to apply for UC, there are some requirements you must meet. You must:

  • Be at least 18 years old(16 or 17 in some circumstances)
  • Be under pension age
  • Not be receiving education(To be eligible to apply for UC, there are some requirements you must meet)
  • Satisfy the residence tests
  • Not be subject to immigration control
  • Accept a Claimant Commitment
  • Have capital, including savings, under £16,000
  • Have income that is not too high
  • Not be entitled to the Severe Disability Premium within a legacy benefit.

If you are a couple, you and your partner must normally make a joint claim, which means you both satisfy all the UC rules. In certain cases a couple CAN make a claim as part of a couple when only one qualifies, but the UC award is made as if the person was single (for example if the partner is subject to immigration control) – in those kinds of cases if one of you is not entitled to receive UC any income they receive will still be counted.

If you are unable to manage your own affairs another person can claim for you as your Appointee.

Date modified: June 26 2020 | Date created: March 05 2020

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