What changes in circumstance trigger a claim for Universal Credit?

Universal Credit will be introduced in Southampton from 22 February 2017 to everyone who makes a new claim for any of the six 'legacy benefits' that Universal Credit is replacing. If you have a change to your circumstances that would normally have resulted in making a claim for one of the benefits that are being replaced by Universal Credit you will be told to claim Universal Credit instead and your legacy benefits will stop.

Further information about legacy benefits and Universal Credit

The table below gives examples of changes in circumstances that would mean a claim for Universal Credit or in some cases remaining on your existing legacy benefits.

Change in circumstances
What would happen before Universal Credit?
What happens in Southampton Universal Credit area?
Change in employment status
On Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support or Income-related Employment Support Allowance
Claim Working Tax Credit
Claim Universal Credit
On legacy benefit such as Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance and Housing Benefit and start work but not enough hours to satisfy Working Tax Credit
'Legacy benefits' adjusted
Choice - remain on adjusted 'legacy benefit' or claim Universal Credit if you will be better off
On Working Tax Credit and hours fall below 16
Claim Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Claim Universal Credit
On Income-related Employment and Support Allowance doing permitted work and work becomes permanent, hours increase over 16 or other reason for not satisfying permitted work rules
Potential Working Tax Credit claim
Claim Universal Credit
On Child Tax Credit only and start work to satisfy Working Tax Credit rules
Claim Working Tax Credit
Remain on Child Tax Credit and claim Working Tax Credit
On Working Tax Credit and increase hours
Stay on Working Tax Credit
Choice - remain on adjusted 'legacy benefit' or claim Universal Credit if you will be better off
On Working Tax Credit and become sick
Claim Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Claim Universal Credit
Change in family circumstances
On Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or Housing Benefit and household becomes responsible for a first child
Claim Child Tax Credit
Claim Universal Credit
On Working Tax Credit only and household becomes responsible for a first child
Remain on Tax Credit and claim Child Tax Credit
Choice - remain on adjusted 'legacy benefit' or claim Universal Credit if you will be better off
Lone parent on Income Support and youngest child turns 5 years old
Unless there is another reason to stay on Income Support, claim Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Unless there is another reason to stay on Income Support, claim Universal Credit
On Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance and baby due within 11 weeks
Claim Income Support
Claim Universal Credit
Partner leaving/joining household. If i means a new claim to a legacy benefit, claim UC.
Couple on Tax Credits separate
Make separate claim for 'legacy benefits'
Both claim Universal Credit as single people
Lone parent on Income Support and Child Tax Credit becomes a couple
Claim Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or Income-related Employment and Support Allowance and make new Tax Credit claim as a couple
Claim Universal Credit as a couple
Couple on Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance with child under 5 become lone parents
Claim Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Both claim Universal Credit as single people
Single person under pension age on 'legacy benefits' becomes a couple with person of Pension Credit qualifying age
Claim Pension Credit until Universal Credit is fully rolled out across the country
Claim Universal Credit when fully rolled out
Carers
Satisfies Carer's Allowance rules which means a new 'legacy benefit' claim
Claim the relevant 'legacy benefits'
Claim Universal Credit
Carer on Income Support stops being a carer
Unless there is a reason to stay on Income Support, claim Jobseeker's Allowance
Claim Universal Credit
Tax Credits
Tax Credit renewal
Remain on Tax Credit
Choice - remain on adjusted 'legacy benefit' or claim Universal Credit if you will be better off
On Tax Credit and change does not lead to a claim for a new 'legacy benefit' for example less income
Remain on Tax Credit
Choice - remain on adjusted 'legacy benefit' or claim Universal Credit if you will be better off
Sickness
On Income-related Employment Support Allowance and fails Work Capability Assessment
Claim Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Claim Universal Credit. If you challenge Work Capability Assessment and win, remain on Universal Credit
On Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance and become sick
Claim Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Claim Universal Credit
Moving area and taking up a tenancy
Housing Benefit claimant moves into Southampton from another local authority
New claim for Housing Benefit
Claim Universal Credit
Housing Benefit claimant moves into Southampton from the same local authority
Remain on Housing Benefit
Choice - remain on adjusted 'legacy benefit' or claim Universal Credit if you will be better of
On Tax Credit, Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance and take up a new tenancy for the first time
Claim Housing Benefit
Claim Universal Credit
Other
On Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance and attends court or jury service
Claim Income Support
Claim Universal Credit
On Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance and remanded in custody
Claim Income Support
Claim Universal Credit
On Income Support and cease full time education
Claim Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Claim Universal Credit
Income and/or capital goes over different threshold
Claim 'legacy benefit' (depending on income/capital rules)
Claim Universal Credit (depending on income/capital rules)
On Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance and believed to be entitled to Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Claim Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Claim Universal Credit (treated as a new claim)