Universal Credit: How often is Universal Credit paid?

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This week it was announced the UK has officially entered recession for the first time in 11 years. After a difficult few months of lockdown due to coronavirus, many people are already claiming Universal Credit. But claims could rise in the next few months while the economy struggles to bounce back.

How often is Universal Credit paid?

Universal Credit payments will usually be made to you on the same date every month.

There are exceptions for if your payment day falls on a bank holiday or a weekend, and if this is the case, you will then be paid on the last working day beforehand.

In Scotland you can choose to be paid once or twice in one month.

Once you have made a claim for Universal Credit, your payments will usually be calculated from the day you submit your claim.

Your first payment will be made seven days after the end of your first assessment period.

While claiming Universal Credit you will be subject to assessment periods every month.

Your payments for Universal Credit will be made directly into your chosen bank account.

If you need money earlier than this, you can apply for an advance.

The most you can get as an advance is the amount of your first estimated Universal Credit payment.

You can apply for an advance payment in your online account, or alternatively through your Jobcentre Plus work coach.

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How do earnings affect Universal Credit?

Your earnings during an assessment period will affect how much Universal Credit you receive that month.

How much you receive in Universal Credit payments is not based on the amount of hours you work.

Your Universal Credit payments will decrease depending on how much you earn.

For every £1 you earn, your Universal Credit payments will decrease by 63p.

Depending on your personal circumstances, you may be eligible for a work allowance.

A work allowance is an amount of money you can earn without affecting your Universal Credit payments.

You may be eligible for a work allowance if you or your partner are responsible for a child or young person, or you are living with a disability or health condition that affects your ability to work.

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