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Advance payment

If you think you will struggle financially, while waiting for your first Universal Credit payment, you may be entitled to an advance payment of up to 50%.

Please note that this payment will be recovered from 6 future monthly payments.

Request an advance

Before you apply, make sure your Claimant Commitment has been signed at your local Jobcente.

To request an advance, call the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) helpline on:

  • 0800 328 9344 - for those applied for UC before 22 November 2017
  • 0800 328 5644 - for those who applied for UC from 22 November 2017 onwards.

If your request is rejected

You may be entitled to apply for a crisis or community care grant from the Scottish Welfare Fund.