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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Universal Credit advances

It could be anything between four and six weeks from the date you submit your claim before you will receive your first payment of Universal Credit. That's a long time to wait if you don't have any other money coming into your home. You can apply for an advance payment to help you manage during this period. If you get an advance, you will still get your scheduled payment when it is due but a little bit will be deducted from this payment and from your payments over the next six months to pay back the advance you received.