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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?

Basic Conditions

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

Gateway conditions

In many parts of GB, as well as meeting the basic conditions, the claimant must also meet extra 'Gateway Conditions'.

Previously on UC

If someone has previously been on UC they may be classed as a UC claimant so not need to make a new claim for UC. But there can be problems...

Special Groups

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

Managed Transfers

From July 2019 existing 'legacy benefit' claimants will start 'transferring' onto UC with transitional protection in place.

Wrong Benefit?

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