Who can apply for Universal Credit?

 

You may be able to get Universal Credit if you’re on a low income or out of work and it will depend on your circumstances.

If you live with your partner

If you are part of a couple, you and your partner will need to make a joint claim for Universal Credit. More information on claiming Universal Credit when you are a couple is on the Gov.uk website 

If you’re 16 or 17

You can make a new Universal Credit claim if any of the following apply:

  • you have limited capability for work or you have medical evidence and are waiting for a Work Capability Assessment
  • you’re caring for a severely disabled person
  • you’re responsible for a child
  • you’re in a couple with responsibility for at least one child and your partner is eligible for Universal Credit
  • you’re pregnant and it’s 11 weeks or less before your expected week of childbirth
  • you’ve had a child in the last 15 weeks
  • you do not have parental support, for example you’re estranged from your parents and you’re not under local authority care

If you’re in training or studying full-time

You can make a new Universal Credit claim if any of the following apply:

  • you live with your partner and they’re eligible for Universal Credit
  • you’re responsible for a child, either as a single person or as a couple, if both of you are students
  • you’re disabled and entitled to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and have limited capability for work
  • you’re in ‘non-advanced education’ (for example studying for A levels or a BTEC National Diploma), are 21 or under and do not have parental support

If you’ve reached Pension age

If you are pension age and single, or you have a partner and both of you are pension age, you cannot claim Universal Credit. However, if you are on a low income you can claim Pension Credit for help with your living costs and Housing Benefit for help with your rent.

If you are a couple but only one of you has reached pension age, if you need to make a new claim for benefit, you will have to make a joint claim for Universal Credit. If you believe you qualify apply online.

Living in a hostel, supported accommodation, a refuge or temporary emergency homeless accommodation

People living in a hostel, supported accommodation, a refuge or temporary emergency homeless accommodation will need to claim Housing Benefit as well as Universal Credit. 

Already on Benefits

If you are already on benefits, you don’t need to do anything. You will be told when Universal Credit will affect you. However if your situation changes and this results in your benefits changing you may need to claim Universal Credit.

 

Last Updated: 26 January 2021