Report a change of circumstances
You need to report changes to your circumstances so you keep getting the right amount each month.
Your claim might be stopped or reduced if you do not report a change of circumstances straight away.
Changes can include:
- finding or finishing a job
- having a child
- moving in with your partner
- starting to care for a child or disabled person
- moving to a new address
- changing your bank details
- your rent going up or down
- changes to your health condition
- becoming too ill to work or meet your work coach
- changes to your earnings (only if you’re self-employed)
How to report
You can report a change of circumstances by signing in to your Universal Credit account.
If you get a job or increase the hours you work
Use a benefits calculator or speak with your work coach to find out how getting a job or an increase in your earnings might affect your Universal Credit claim.
If you’ve been paid too much
You may have to repay the money if you:
- did not report a change straight away
- gave wrong information
- were overpaid by mistake
You could be taken to court or have to pay a penalty if you give wrong information or do not report a change in your circumstances.
If you have a terminal illness
You may get extra money if you’re terminally ill.
If your life expectancy is more than 6 months
You’ll need to report this in the same way as any other change of circumstance.
If your life expectancy is less than 6 months
Report the change online through your Universal Credit account. You’ll be contacted about what to do next.
You can also get someone else to report the change for you. They’ll need to ask a doctor or healthcare professional to fill in form DS1500 (the doctor will have the form already). Either the doctor or your representative can send it to:
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit Full Service
You will not need to have a Work Capability Assessment.