Who can claim Universal Credit
If you’re thinking of claiming benefits for the first time, you might need to apply for Universal Credit, depending on where you live.
If you live in a 'full service' area
If you live in a 'full service' area, are on a low income or out of work and making a new claim for benefits (including housing costs), you must now do so through Universal Credit (UC).
Use the Citizens Advice eligibility checker to find out if UC has been rolled out in your area.
If you live in a 'live service' area
If you’re not sure whether you should be claiming Universal Credit or existing benefits, use the Citizens Advice eligibility checker to see which elements have been rolled out in your area.