Universal Credit can help you with your living costs if you’re on low income or out of work.
Step 1 Check if you're eligible
If you've worked in the last 2 to 3 years, you may also be eligible for:
Step 2 Create an account and make a claim
You need an online account to claim Universal Credit.
You must submit your claim within 28 days of creating your account.
If you live with your partner, they will also need to set up an account. You'll be given a code to link the accounts together.
and Find out how your claim is assessed
You'll need to have an interview with Jobcentre Plus. You'll be told how to arrange this after you submit your claim. It will be within 10 working days.
If you have a disability or health condition you may need a medical assessment. You'll be told if you need one after you claim.
Step 3 Apply for an advance on your first payment
If you need help with bills or other costs while you wait for your first payment, you can apply to get an advance.
Step 4 Attend your interview
Step 5 Get your first payment
You’ll get your first payment 5 weeks after you claim. Your account will be updated to tell you how much it will be.
Step 6 Follow your agreement and report any change of circumstances