What financial help is available if you are claiming Universal Credit

How will you manage while you wait for your first Universal Credit payment?

It is likely to be at least five weeks before you receive your first UC payment. If you are likely to struggle financially while you wait for your first payment, you can apply for an advance payment to help you during this time. This will be recovered from your future payments over a 12 month period.

To find out more, contact your Work Coach via your journal or on 0800 328 5644.

Additional help with rent costs

If your UC award includes housing costs (your rent) but does not cover the whole of the charge, you may be eligible for a Discretionary Housing Payment from East Lothian Council to help with the shortfall.

Apply online 

The Scottish Welfare Fund

If you need help to set up or stay in your home, or you or your family have been hit by a crisis, you can apply for a crisis or community care grant from East Lothian Council.

Apply online

Council Tax Reduction

Your claim for UC does NOT include any Council Tax Reduction you may be entitled to. Once you have made a claim for UC, you must make a separate claim to East Lothian Council for your Council Tax Reduction.

If you don’t claim your council tax reduction, you will be expected to pay your full Council Tax charge yourself.

Claim online