Universal Credit

For people who need to make a new claim for financial support

Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. You may get it if you're on a low income or out of work.

We understand people who are required to stay at home or are infected by coronavirus may need financial support, and quickly.

Those affected by coronavirus will be able to apply for Universal Credit and can receive up to a month’s advance up front without physically attending a job centre.

The seven waiting days for ESA for new claimants suffering from coronavirus or required to stay at home will not apply, so it will be payable from day one.

You can check eligibility to, and apply for Universal Credit online


Voluntary Move to Universal Credit.

If you are considering the voluntary move from legacy benefits to Universal Credit, you can check if you would be better off by using the benefit calculator available at Turn2us or seeking independent advice.