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Universal Credit

Universal Credit logo. Most people submitting new claims or a change of circumstances for some benefits will move to Universal Credit on Wednesday, 16 May 2018.

How to apply for Universal Credit 

  1. Check your eligibility and apply for Universal Credit online.
  2. You may need details of housing costs and any rent agreement, any savings and income, including benefits and information about people who live with you.
  3. Book an appointment within 7 days of making your application to avoid your claim being cancelled. If your claim is cancelled you'll need to reapply online.
  4. If your application is successful, you'll get your first payment around 5 weeks after making your online application.
Check your eligibility and apply for Universal Credit

Get ready for Universal Credit

Find out how ready you are for Universal Credit:

Get an advance on your first payment 

If you can't manage until you receive your first full payment, you can apply for Universal Credit Advance by ringing the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

There are 4 types of interest free advances:

  • Universal Credit Advance -  new claim
  • Universal Credit Advance - change of circumstances
  • Universal Credit Advance - benefit transfer
  • Budgeting Advance

An advance payment is one full month's entitlement, payable within 5 days of applying, which you'll pay back interest free over 12 months.

Apply for an Universal Credit advance payment - call DWP on 0800 328 5644