Universal Credit

When you will get paid

Universal Credit is paid monthly in arrears, but this does not mean that you will get your first payment a month after making your claim.

If you make a new claim for Universal Credit you may not get paid for the first seven days. These are called waiting days.

The eighth day after you make your claim is called your assessment date, and this is the date your Universal Credit will be calculated a month later, and in following months. You will be able to see how much your monthly payment is going to be in your online journal.

You will need to wait for up to seven days from your assessment date for your Universal Credit to reach your bank, building society or credit union account.

This means you could be waiting for up to 45 days for your first Universal Credit payment even if there are no problems or assessment delays with your claim.

Your payment may be delayed if you have not given the DWP all the information needed to assess your claim, including the amount of your rent.

If you have not got enough money to live on while you wait for your first payment, you can ask the DWP for an advance payment. You will have to pay any advance payment back in instalments, usually within six months.

An advance payment will only give you half of your expected Universal Credit payment, and your future monthly payments will be reduced while you pay the advance back.

You can ask for an advance payment at any time from the day you claim until three working days before your assessment date.

Other help may be available while you are waiting for your first Universal Credit payment, depending on your circumstances:

Once your Universal Credit is in payment, you can apply for a discretionary housing payment if your Universal Credit includes help with housing costs and you are struggling to pay your rent.

Where to get more information

You can download our You've claimed Universal Credit - what happens next? leaflet here.