Universal Credit

Payments and Responsibilities

Universal Credit is paid once a month, usually into your bank, building society or credit union account.

Your payment can include an amount for housing costs which you’ll need to pay to your landlord.

Your first payment

It usually takes around five weeks to get your first payment.

If you need help with your living costs while you wait for your first payment, you can apply for an advance.

The wait before your first payment is made up of a one month assessment period and up to seven days for the payment to reach your account.

Your responsibilities

You’ll make an agreement called a ‘Claimant Commitment’ with your work coach.

What you need to do depends on your situation. You might need to do activities such as:

  • write a CV
  • look and apply for jobs
  • go on training courses

You will also need to do things like:

  • pay your own rent and other housing costs
  • report any changes in your circumstances

If you’re claiming with your partner, you’ll each have a Claimant Commitment and set of responsibilities.