Managing your Universal Credit payments

Universal Credit payments

UC is paid monthly in arrears direct into your bank account. Most people in work are paid monthly and pay their rent and budget their household income themselves each month. Being paid UC monthly helps you to start budgeting effectively and prepares you for moving into work.

UC payments include any housing costs (rent) you are entitled to. It’s not just for food and living expenses. When you receive your UC payment from DWP, you will need to pay your rent to your landlord immediately.

Make sure you tell your landlord that you have claimed UC, so that you can agree how you are going to make your rent payments. Don’t assume your landlord will know, it’s up to you to keep your landlord informed.