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Universal Credit Advance - What is Universal Credit Advance?

Find out more about the Universal Credit Advance

What is Universal Credit Advance?

When you first make a claim for Universal Credit you will have to wait around five weeks for your first payment.

If you face financial hardship during this period of time you can request an Advance Payment of Universal Credit. 

The Advance Payment is a loan which you have to pay back from your Universal Credit payments a bit at a time. You don’t pay any interest on a Universal Credit Advance Payment.

 

Applies to: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Age rules; You must be aged 16 or over

Type of benefit: Means tested

Taxable: No

Administered by: Department for Work and Pensions

 

Updated: February 2018
 

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