Payment dates for Universal Credit will change next month due to Christmas.
Payment is usually made monthly on the same date, but as there are a number of public holidays in December, these dates will differ.
If the payment dates fall on December 25 or December 28, the payments will actually come through on the first working day before, the Express reports.
In Scotland there are the same holidays, but there is also one coming up on November 30th (St. Andrew’s Day.
In addition, there are two official holidays at the beginning of January.
To apply for Universal Credit, plaintiffs must go online.
People living together must apply as a couple, but they do not have to be married.
If someone can assist with a claim, they can contact a designated Universal Credit helpline.
In addition, there is a Help to Claim service that can assist people in the early stages of a claim, provided by Citizens Advice and completely free to use.
If an applicant can’t wait for a payment for the first five weeks, they may be able to request an advance on their first payment.
This can only be requested if a plaintiff needs help paying their bills or other costs while waiting for their universal credit payment.
These advances will have to be repaid to the government and the repayments will be made from future Universal Credit payments.
In addition, claimants should report any future changes in circumstances as this may affect the amount they will receive.