You must report a change of circumstances if you are getting Universal Credit. Reporting circumstantial changes ensures you get the right amount each month.
The information in this help guide also explains the process for reporting changes that can influence the advance payment.
Note: Giving the wrong information, or failing to report a change of circumstances (including immigration status for non British citizens) can result in a penalty or having to attend court.
After logging in to the service, you will be able to:
Note: The online service for signing in to your Universal Credit account on the GOV.UK website is also available in Welsh language (mewngofnodi i'ch cyfrif Credyd Cynhwysol).
Starting work, or receiving an increase in earnings, can affect your claim for Universal Credit. You can either use a benefits calculator or discuss it with your work coach to check what happens if you get a job.
There are several reasons why you may need to repay the money you are getting from Universal Credit. Typical examples include:
Note: Giving out the wrong information (or failing to report a change in your circumstances) can result in a civil penalty or a court appearance.
Extra money is available for UC claimants who are, or become, terminally ill. As a rule, the expectation of life will determine what you need to do.
You need to report it using the same method as any other change of circumstance if your life expectancy will be more than six (6) months.
Use your Universal Credit account to report changes if your life expectancy will be less than six (6) months. The staff at the department will contact you and explain what to do next.
You can have another person report the change of circumstance on your behalf. If so, they need to get 'DS1500' filled in by a doctor or a healthcare professional (your doctor will have the form).
There would be no requirement for you to have the Work Capability Assessment (WCA). But, you would need to send the completed and signed form to:
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit Full Service
Universal Credit Rules: An overview explaining what the Universal benefit system is and how it works.
Universal Credit Eligibility: Most people will qualify if they are on a low income or they are out of work.
Universal Credit Rates: Payments combine a standard allowance and any extra amounts that may apply.
How to Claim Universal Credit: You must apply online and as a couple if you are living with your partner.
Universal Credit Payments: Check how long it takes for the first payment and how often they get paid.
Advance on First Payment: Find out how to get an advance payment to help cover essential living costs.
Claimant Commitment: Check what you need to do and your responsibilities if you get Universal Credit.
Other Financial Support: Help is available from various other organisations if you are having difficulties.
Apply for Change of Circumstances Advance Payment UC