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Emergency Information - Claimed benefits and waiting for my first Universal Credit payment

You might find yourself caught short of money and need help with essentials like food or paying your bills. Please look at the range of support options we discuss in this guide.

Claimed benefits and waiting for my first Universal Credit payment

When you first claim Universal Credit, you have to wait five weeks for your first payment.

While you are waiting for your first payment, you can ask for a Universal Credit Advance.

An Advance is an interest-free loan which you pay back over 24 months.

You can ask for an Advance using your online journal as soon as you have verified your identity, using either the online service or by having a telephone interview.

Read more about Universal Credit

Reviewed: August 2022

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