factchecking myths and misconceptions about universal credit

Bust a myth

Can you help us to bust a myth? We're collecting details of commonly held myths and misconceptions about universal credit - about starting a new claim, the claimant commitment, job search issues, in-work conditionality, sanctions and more - and are looking for your help in addressing them.

How you can help - You'll find details below of the latest myths that we have that need busting. If you've come across one of the issues before and are able to share whether you think it's true or not and, if not, your thoughts about what the correct answer might be, that would be fantastic! 

NB - don't worry about having to send us the 100% complete answer referencing every relevant bit of legislation, case law or guidance. We'll take whatever ideas and suggestions you have and work them up into a quality-assured answer before publishing details of the busted myth to the site.