How to claim
You need to apply for Universal Credit online.
You have to apply as a couple if you and your partner live together. You do not need to be married.
You might also need to phone the Universal Credit helpline to book an interview with a work coach. You’ll be told if you need to do this after you apply.
You will not get Universal Credit if you do not attend the appointment.
What you need to apply
- your bank, building society or credit union account details (call the Universal Credit helpline if you do not have one)
- an email address
- your National Insurance number
- information about your housing, for example how much rent you pay
- details of your income, for example payslips
- details of savings and any investments, like shares or a property that you rent out
- details of how much you pay for childcare if you’re applying for help with childcare costs
If you do not provide the right information when you apply it might affect when you get paid or how much you get.
You also have to verify your identity online. You’ll need some proof of identity for this, for example your:
- driving licence
- debit or credit card
If you cannot verify your identity online
You can take 3 forms of proof of identity to your first interview at your local Jobcentre Plus.
For example your:
- permanent residence card
- UK registration or naturalisation certificate
- council tax documents
Help with your application
Contact the Universal Credit helpline to get help making your claim online.
Universal Credit helpline
Telephone: 0800 328 5644
Welsh language: 0800 328 1744
Textphone: 0800 328 1344
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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If you have a disability or illness that affects your work
You may need a Work Capability Assessment to see how your disability or health condition affects your ability to work.
Depending on the outcome of your assessment you may be eligible for an extra amount on top of your standard allowance.
If you’re terminally ill, you may get extra money for Universal Credit.
If you’re making a new claim, you can declare this during your application. If you’ve already made a claim, you’ll need to report this as a change of circumstances.
If you’ve claimed Universal Credit before
You’ll usually need to make a new claim online by signing in to your account.
If you do not have an online account you’ll be told if you can claim again by phoning the Universal Credit helpline.
If you disagree with a decision
You can challenge a decision about your claim. This is called asking for mandatory reconsideration.