Universal Credit is a new benefit to support you if you’re working and on a low income or you’re out of work.
You will be entitled to a work allowance if you’re: If you’re entitled to the work allowance, you can earn up to the threshold for your circumstances.
Your Universal Credit payment will then go down by 63p for every £1 you earn above this amount. If you don’t qualify for the work allowance, your Universal Credit payment will go down by 63p for every £1 on all your earnings.
Once the first assessment period is over, you can’t claim another advance payment.
You will have to repay this from your future Universal Credit payments over 12 months.
You can find a list of the information you’ll need to provide before you start your claim on Making a Universal Credit claim.
If you and your partner are making a joint claim, only one of you will need to complete the online claim form, but that person will need to enter details for both of you.
You can work as many hours as you like when you’re on Universal Credit.
There are no limits like there are with existing benefits such as Income Support or Working Tax Credits.
You should get a decision the same day and any advance agreed should be paid into your bank in five working days.
If the advance is agreed, your work coach or helpline adviser will explain how much you will get, how much you’ll have to pay back each month and the date when the first payment is due.
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