You can apply for Universal Credit online.

You might also need to attend an interview at your local Jobcentre Plus. You’ll be told if you need to after you apply.

You’ll get your first payment around 6 weeks after applying online if your application is successful.

Before you apply, find out if you’re eligible and what you’ll get.

Start now on the Universal Credit service

What you need to know

If you live in Northern Ireland, go to Universal Credit in Northern Ireland.

Call the helpline to:

  • get help making your claim online
  • make a claim in Welsh

Universal Credit helpline
Telephone: 0345 600 0723
Welsh language (make a claim): 0800 012 1888
Textphone: 0345 600 0743
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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