Assessment Period

An Assessment Period is a monthly period that starts on the day you first make your Universal Credit claim. Your claim is calculated and paid around Assessment Periods. You get your payment a week after the end of each Assessment Period. 


Sean claims Universal Credit on 21 October. 

  • His first Assessment Period will run from 21 October to 21 November. 
  • His second Assessment Period will run from 21 November to 20 December. 
  • Sean will get his first payment on 27 November.