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Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 21st April 2020.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Labour, Hemsworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how long after first applying can claimants for universal credit receive their first advance.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Universal Credit new claim advance payments have long been an integral part of the UC system, allowing claimants to access up to 100% of their total expected monthly award at the start of their claim, which can be paid back over a period of up to 12 months, which will be extended to 24 months from October 2021.

Applications are accepted by phone or online and payments can be issued on the same day.

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