Universal Credit - Ukraine Specific information
Universal Credit is a government benefit to help with your living costs. It's paid monthly. Universal Credit is not a credit card nor a loan. You do not need to repay the money back. If you do not have work, and cannot support yourself, you can apply for Universal Credit. Universal Credit is based on your income, thus the financial support you receive is based on your income. If you start working and receive new income, you should report the changes in circumstances and the benefit will be recalculated.
Those arriving in the UK from Ukraine as a result of the Russian invasion can access Universal Credit and jobs support immediately. Be aware the lead time for payment of universal credit may be up to 6 weeks.
In addition, Ukrainians may also be eligible for:
- Housing Benefit
- Pension Credit
- Personal Independence Payment
- Child Disability
- Living Allowance
- Carers Allowance
- Attendance Allowance
- Contributions-based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) are also available for those Ukrainians who meet the criteria.
Translation services are available to help new arrivals with phone applications, with Work Coaches in DWP (UK Department of Work and Pensions) Jobcentres on hand to support people making claims online.
UK Benefits - useful links
For eligibility criteria and how to apply, follow the link: www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit