Are you ready?

Are you ready for Universal Credit? Test yourself and find out.

Get online

Find local Wi-Fi hotspots, free computers, and free help to get you online and internet-confident in your area.

Get verified

If you can’t verify your identity then your Universal Credit claim will be delayed. Verify your identity online now using Government Verify.

Get money-savvy

How much money do you really have? Can you make changes? Find out with online tools.

Universal Credit is paid monthly – you’ll need to make it last.

Watch this short video for tips: Universal Credit: Managing your Money.

Sort out your debts. Get advice online or by phone or refer yourself for free, home-based help.

Speak with your partner (if you have one) and make sure all the adults in the household understand your household finances. Even though joint UC claimants have separate online portals and claimant commitments, the money will only be paid to one of you.

Get clear about rent

Know how much your rent and service charges are; YOU will need to report this for your UC claim. Visit SeeMyData.

Build up at least one month’s credit on your rent account now, and ideally 6 weeks. It will give you peace of mind and security while you wait for your first Universal Credit payment.