Making a claim

1. Before you claim

Most people make their Universal Credit claim online. There is help available within the online claim form for people who need extra support.

Universal Credit helpline

Contact the Universal Credit helpline if you:

  • need help finding or using a computer to make a claim
  • have questions about applying
  • need information in alternative formats (for example, audio CD, braille or large print)

What you’ll need

It’s a good idea to have the following information with you when you make your claim. You should make sure that it is up to date before you start.

Some of this information may not be needed to start your claim, but you will need to provide it before you can receive your first Universal Credit payment.

If you aren’t able to provide this information it may mean that your first payment is delayed.

You will be asked for:

  • your email address
  • your telephone number
  • your postcode
  • your National Insurance number
  • proof of your nationality
  • your housing details
  • details about people who live with you – such as your partner, children you are responsible for, or lodgers
  • Child Benefit reference numbers, if you receive Child Benefit
  • employer details, if you or your partner are working
  • details about any earnings or other income you or your partner have
  • details of any savings, investments or other capital you or your partner have
  • details of any other benefits you receive
  • information about your health
  • details of the account your payments will go into, such as a bank, building society or credit union account. This will need to be a current account, not a savings account, and should be in your name. If you don’t have one, the Money Advice Service website can help you choose the account that’s right for you.

You can’t receive Universal Credit and tax credits at the same time. If you start getting Universal Credit your tax credits will stop.