After you apply it will usually take around 5 weeks to get your first Universal Credit payment.
You can ask for an Advance Payment of Universal Credit if you don’t think you’ll have enough money to live on while you wait for your first payment.
After you’ve got your first payment, you’ll be paid monthly and usually on the same date as the first payment.
Universal Credit is paid monthly – based on the date you claimed – and is paid in arrears.
When you make a new claim for Universal Credit you will have:
- A calendar month before your entitlement is assessed, then
- Up to 7 days before your payment is processed.
You’ll then be paid calendar monthly, usually on the same date each month. But if that date falls at the weekend or on a bank holiday then you will be paid on the last working day before this.
If you’re used to working out your budget weekly or fortnightly you’ll need to think about how you’ll manage your money for a whole month.
You may need to change the date you pay certain bills – let the billing company know what you are doing.
If you think you will find it difficult to manage your money monthly then talk to your work coach about the system of Alternative Payment Arrangements. They can allow some claimants to receive their Universal Credit payments twice monthly.
Paying your rent
It is your responsibility to make sure your rent is paid. Make sure you prioritise your rent otherwise you could risk losing your home.
IMPORTANT: You’ll get a monthly statement that tells you how much Universal Credit you’re going to get. You can access this on your UC journal.