Can I get a Short Term Benefit Advance?
Short Term Benefit Advances are available to people claiming any contributory or means-tested benefit, including Universal Credit.
You cannot get a Short Term Benefit Advance without having claimed a benefit first.
You must also be able to show that you are in financial need. This means that if you don't get a Short Term Benefit Advance there is a serious risk of damage to the health and/or safety of you and/or your family. There is no set list of situations this covers but as an example, not being able to pay for gas or electricity could be a risk to your health.
If you request a Short Term Benefit Advance after making a new benefit claim, the decision maker won't give you an advance unless they believe that you are likely to be awarded the benefit once the claim has been processed.