Universal Credit Migration Notice - What will happen when I claim Universal Credit?

If you have received a Universal Credit Migration Notice letter, reading this guide will help in understanding your next steps.

Last reviewed 09 October 2023

What will happen when I claim Universal Credit?

Following your initial claim, you'll probably need to go for an appointment at the jobcentre to prove your ID.

Your tax credits will stop as soon as you claim Universal Credit.

Housing Benefit, Income Support, income-based JSA and income-related ESA will all stop 2 weeks after you claim Universal Credit.

Your first payment from Universal Credit will be one month and one week after you first claimed. Universal Credit is paid monthly in arrears.

If you're going to struggle during the wait between payments, you can ask for an advance, but you'll have to pay it back through deductions from your Universal Credit.


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