Universal Credit

Autumn Budget 2017: changes to Universal Credit

On 22 November 2017, the government announced a number of changes to Universal Credit that will take place over the coming months.

December 2017

If you make a new claim for Universal Credit, you will be able to get a 50% advance payment at the beginning of your claim and a second 50% advance payment in January, before your first Universal Credit payment is made. You will now usually have to pay back an advance payment over 12 months rather than six months.

If you are a private tenant, the DWP should give you the option of paying any housing costs element to your landlord when you make your Universal Credit claim.  

January 2018

If you make a new claim for Universal Credit, you will be able to get a 100% advance payment within five days of making your claim. You will now usually have to pay back an advance payment over 12 months rather than six months.

February 2018

If you make a new claim for Universal Credit, you will no longer have seven waiting days when you are not entitled to any benefit.

April 2018

If you are claiming housing benefit and you make a new claim for Universal Credit, you will continue to get housing benefit for the first two weeks of your Universal Credit claim - as well as any award of housing costs with your Universal Credit.

If you become homeless and are placed in temporary accommodation, you will need to claim housing benefit instead of the housing costs element of Universal Credit.