How and when you get paid Universal Credit
You will get your first Universal Credit payment about five weeks after you claim and you will receive payments twice a month.
May Day benefit payments
If your payment is due on Monday 2 May, you will still be paid by that date.
All benefits run on different payment systems but you will not receive your payment later than the day it would normally be due.
Your Universal Credit is worked out monthly. This is called the Assessment Period.
You should claim Universal Credit as soon as possible, as your Assessment Period starts when you make a claim.
How you get paid
Universal Credit is paid into your bank, building society or Credit Union account.
In Northern Ireland Universal Credit is normally paid to a household twice a month. A household can be a single person, a couple or a family.
If you live in England, Scotland or Wales go to Gov.uk
After you have made your claim you can ask for your Universal Credit to be paid monthly – so you get a payment once a month rather than twice a month. If you want to do this, contact your work coach through your Universal Credit online account.
Splitting payments with your partner
If you are in a couple making a joint claim, you can ask for your Universal Credit payments to be split between you and your partner. If you want to do this, contact your work coach through your Universal Credit online account.
How housing costs are paid
If you get money to help pay your housing costs, this will be paid direct to your landlord each month.
When to expect your first payment
You will get your first payment about five weeks after you claim Universal Credit.
Help is available if you do not have enough money to live on until you get your Universal Credit payment.
Universal Credit Assessment Period
Universal Credit is worked out on a monthly basis. This is known as the Assessment Period. The first assessment period starts when you make your Universal Credit claim, so you should claim as soon as possible.
Each assessment period will start on the same date each month and end on the same date each month. Your Universal Credit payments will be made twice a month, on the same dates each month. For example, if you claim Universal Credit on 4 July:
- your first assessment period will be from 4 July to 3 August
- your first payment will be 5 weeks after you claim, which is 10 August
- your second payment will be on 24 August
- you will get future Universal Credit payments on the 10th and 24th of each month
If your Universal Credit payment date falls on a weekend or bank holiday, the payment will be made on the previous banking day.