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Claims: Who Can Claim
Not everyone is able to claim Universal Credit at the moment- full roll out will not be complete until 2022.

Whether someone is able to claim will depend on whether they live in a Digital/'Full' service area or a Gateway/'Live' service area.

Who Can Currently Claim?

Who can currently claim Universal Credit?

Mixed age couples

What if one of a couple is Pension Credit age?

Three+ children?

What if the claimant has three or more children - special rules during an 'interim period'......

Basic Conditions

To receive an award of Universal Credit the claimant must meet certain basic conditions. Find out what these are.

Previously on UC

If someone has previously been on UC they may have to go back on UC. Find out who is a 'UC claimant'....

Special Groups

Special rules apply to: Prisoners, 16 and 17 year olds, People from Abroad, Students, and some couples. Discover what these rules are. 


What if the claimant cannot claim for themselves?More detail in this section.

Wrong Benefit?

UC is only replacing six benefits so what if someone claims UC instead of the benefit they were meant to claim?

One Claim per Household

What's meant by there only being one claim per household?

Northern Ireland

UC begins rolling out across Northern Ireland from Sept 2017 on the 'Full'/Digital service.