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  • Can I get an Early Learning Payment?

    Applies to: Scotland You can get an Early Learning Payment if:You live in Scotland; andYou are receiving any of these benefits Universal Credit; orChild Tax Credit; orWorking Tax Credit; orIncome Support; orIncome-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA); orIncome-related Employme...

  • How much Early Learning Payment will I get?

    Applies to: Scotland If you are entitled to an Early Learning Payment, you will get £250 for each child you can get the payment for.

  • Can part-time students claim Universal Credit?

    If you are a part-time student, you can only claim Universal Credit if your course does not stop you from doing your work related activities. What your work related activities are will depend on your circumstances. If you are expected to look for work and be available for wor...

  • What are Universal Credit sanctions?

    When you claim Universal Credit, you will be set certain things you have to do in order to get your Universal Credit payments. This is called your Claimant Commitment or your Work Related Requirements.  What these are will depend on your circumstances.  If you don’t do someth...

  • Can I get any help during the sanction?

    If you have been sanctioned and are struggling to manage without your full Universal Credit payments, you can apply for a hardship payment. A hardship payment is a loan from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which you will have to pay back through deductions from yo...

  • What if I don't think I should have been sanctioned?

    If you do not think you should have been sanctioned, you should challenge the decision. There is a two-step process for challenging decisions. First, you will need to request mandatory reconsideration. You can do this through your journal or over the phone. You should explain...

  • How long will a Universal Credit sanction last?

    The length of the sanction depends on what you are expected to do to get your Universal Credit and what you did to get the sanction. If you fail to apply for a job or fail to accept a job that is offered to you or if you leave your job without a good reason, you may get a hig...

  • How much will a Universal Credit sanction be?

    If you are single and over 25, the sanction will be £10.60 per day for as long as your sanction lasts. If you are single and under 25, the sanction will be £8.40 per day for as long as the sanction lasts. Your sanction should not be more than your standard allowance. If y...

  • Getting your first payment

    Verify your identity Once you have submitted your claim, you will be asked to verify your identity using the government’s Verify service. Not everyone can use the Verify service and if it doesn’t work for you, you will have the opportunity to verify your identity at the jobc...

  • Do I need to claim Universal Credit?

    If you are already claiming any of the benefits that Universal Credit replaces, you can carry on getting your benefits. If you have any change of circumstances that means your existing claims for these benefits ends, you won’t be able to make new claims for any of the benefit...