The date you submit your claim is called your claim date. Universal Credit (UC) is paid monthly in arrears, so you’ll have to wait one calendar month from the date you submitted your claim before your first UC payment is made. This is called your assessment period.
You will receive your first UC payment one week after the end of your first assessment period date. This is called your payment date.
This means it can take up to five weeks before you get your first payment.
Any changes that happen in an assessment period will affect the month in which it falls.
If you need help during this time please contact us or use the Advice Hub to find support.
If you are experiencing difficulties paying your rent, we are here to help