Check that you should be making your claim with us.
If you live in an area that is affected by Universal Credit please seek advice from the local Job Centre and/or contact this office.
If you are also going to claim:
It is also important that you read our guidance on claiming benefits.
Ensure that you have the necessary proofs ready to bring with you to your appointment. Failure to do so may result in a delay in your claim being assessed and put into payment.
Such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, passport, medical card, driving licence, UK residence permit, EEA identity card, or recent gas or electricity bill.
We may need to see several of these documents for each person.
Such as a National Insurance number card, payslips or letters from the Department for Work and Pensions or HM Revenues and Customs.
Such as all bank, building society or post office books, full bank statements, or certificates for Premium Bonds, National Savings Certificates, ISAs, stocks, shares and unit trusts. We need to see evidence of any interest or dividends on investments and savings. The evidence must show details for at least the last two months.
You will need to bring your payslips:
If you do not receive payslips from your employer then we can send out a Certificate of Earnings for them to fill out and return to us.
If you or your partner are self-employed, we need to see accounts for the last financial year or, if you have been trading for less than six months, a summary of your trading records so far. If you are just starting a self-employed business, you will need to provide a breakdown of your predicted earnings.
If you are starting new employment then we will need to see the contract and then payslips as you receive them.
Such as pension slips from a previous employer or a letter from the court showing how much child maintenance you are getting. We need to see evidence of any money people pay you for board and lodgings.
Such as current award notices or letters from the Department for Work and Pensions confirming how much you get. Alternatively, bank statements to show payments being received. If you do not have evidence, you should let us know straight away.
Such as a rent book, rent receipts, or tenancy agreement. We need evidence that you have an agreement to pay rent and proof of any rent or deposit paid so far.
Such as money paid towards a student grant or maintenance or signed contracts and receipts from child carers.
You will receive confirmation of your chosen appointment.
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Updated: 6 October 2017