Universal Credit can be received by people who are on a particularly low income or who are out of work completely. The payments are based on individual claimant’s circumstances and so income levels are likely to differ from person to person.
If a claimant accepts a job offer, they’ll be able to claim for childcare costs for the month before starting work.
Additionally, if a job comes to an end a claimant must inform DWP immediately and support for childcare costs can be claimed for at least a month beyond this.
To be eligible for Universal Credit initially a person must be on a low income or out of work, aged between 18 and state pension age, have less than £16,000 in savings and be living in the UK.
The government provides a free-to-use benefits calculator on their website which can help people figure out how much they could receive from Universal Credit.
Initial payments can take around five weeks to come through.
Beyond this, Universal Credit is paid once a month into a bank, building society or credit union account.
After the first payment, the claimant will be paid on the same date of every month.
Should a payment date fall on a weekend or bank holiday, claimants will usually be paid on the working day before this.