Universal Credit: different earning patterns and your payments

This guide provides information about different earnings patterns and how these may affect your Universal Credit payment.



This guide explains how different earnings patterns affect Universal Credit payments.

It includes information on how your Universal Credit payments could be affected if your earnings are not paid each calendar month – and what you may need to do.

Published 23 September 2016
Last updated 26 July 2022 + show all updates
  1. Corrected section "3.1 How earnings affect your Universal Credit". The amount you're better off for every additional £100 of net earnings changed from £37 to £45 in 2021.

  2. Removed the wording 'You will not have to wait 7 days for your assessment period to start' from the Claiming Universal Credit within 6 months of your previous claim ending section.

  3. Remove references about not having having a Universal Credit online account.

  4. Updated to show that Universal Credit is now available everywhere in Great Britain.

  5. Removed references to waiting days - this is because the wait for payment has been reduced from 6 to 5 weeks. Also amended assessment period image.

  6. Updated the amount Universal Credit will reduce for every £1 you earn to the April 2017 figure.

  7. Updated the guidance with information about how to reclaim Universal Credit if you stop being entitled temporarily.

  8. First published.