Universal Credit timetable


The Department for Work and Pensions has provided further details of the timetable for Univeral Credit roll-out .

11 February 2013

The Department of Work and Pensions is planning to introduce Universal Credut in phases, beginning in April 2013 in the Greater Manchester Pathfinder.

Initially, Universal Credit will replace new claims from single jobseekers of working age in certain defined postcode areas.

During Phase 2, from October 2013 to March 2014, they plan to extend the service to include jobseekers with children, couples and owner-occupiers, gradually expanding the service to locations across Great Britain.

The migration of existing claimants from the old system to the new is planned to be completed by the end of 2017.

Date Phase Implementation Activity
April 2013 Phase 1 Pathfinder Universal Credit starts in the four Pathfinder authorities with single jobseekers: Tameside, Warrington, Oldham and Wigan
October 2013 to March 2014 Phase 2 Staged Extended coverage of Universal Credit rolled out, staged across Great Britain
April 2014 to 2017 Phase 3+ General coverage Universal Credit national implementation due to be completed by end of 2017