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Universal credit and disability

If you are claiming universal credit and have a disability or health condition, there may be a loosening of the responsibilities (or ‘requirements’) that you must meet to keep getting the benefit in full. Some of your earnings or income may be ignored in working out your universal credit, or you may be entitled to extra amounts of universal credit. If you get certain disability benefits, you may still be able to claim universal credit when you are in full-time education. The rules for the support you get towards your rent, the ‘housing costs amount’ are more generous in some circumstances.

Work-related requirements

Earnings and income

Extra amounts


Housing costs amount - disabilty

Going into hospital

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Universal Credit

For further information on welfare rights, education issues and social care you will find our factsheets/guides here or for more detailed information you can order a copy of the Disability Rights Handbook from our shop