Universal credit – news and dates for Scotland

Universal credit – news and dates for Scotland

Universal credit expands to more areas in Scotland

More single parent families with 1 or 2 children will have to claim universal credit instead of income support, income based jobseekers allowance or employment support allowance, child tax credit, working tax credit and housing benefit. It arrives in certain areas on different dates.

Universal credit will begin for new claimants with 1 or 2 children on the dates on the table below. If your area isn’t on the table you are already in a full universal credit area. Check with your postcode on the UC finder below.

Should you claim tax credits or universal credit?

Flexible universal credit payments in Scotland

As part of the new social security powers in Scotland, you now have a choice on how you are paid universal credit. It can be paid twice a month or monthly and the universal credit housing element can be paid directly to you or your landlord.

See the new Scottish Government leaflets for more information: Universal Credit flexibilities for Scotland PDF and Further information on universal credit choices PDF

Download our universal credit advice guide for more details, or call the lone parent helpline on 0808 801 0323 if you need advice.

How Universal Credit is paid

Next dates for universal credit by jobcentre area:

DateJobcentres in
September 2018Argyll and Bute
East Renfrewshire
Eilean Siar
Glasgow (part) Govan, Laurieston & Newlands
Orkney Islands
Shetland Islands
October 2018Aberdeen City
Glasgow (part) Partick & Springburn
West Dunbartonshire
November 2018City of Edinburgh
December 2018Glasgow City: Castlemilk, Drumchapel & Shettleston

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