Universal Credit has been introduced gradually in Northern Ireland since September 2017. To see when it will be introduced in your area, click and scroll to midway through this page on the NI Direct website.
You can find a list of the information you will need to provide before you start your claim on Making a Universal Credit claim by clicking here
If you and your partner are making a joint claim, only one of you will need to complete the online claim form, but that person will need to enter details for both of you.
You will be directed to apply for Universal Credit when you make a new claim for one of the benefits it’s replacing. You will also need to apply for Universal Credit if you have a change of circumstances.
There are a number of changes in circumstances that will trigger a claim for Universal Credit. These range from losing or gaining a job to having children or a change in caring responsibilities.
All applications have to be submitted online and you will have to create a username and password as well as answer two security questions. You must have an email address; this can belong to an appointee. Once you create an account, an email will be sent to the email address you have provided and this will be used to confirm the account. You must confirm the account within one hour of the account being created.
When the account has been confirmed, you will be presented with a ‘to do’ list that will have to be completed before moving on. This list will include questions on nationality, health and housing. The date of the Universal Credit claim will be the date the claim is submitted and not the date a username and password have been created. Once you have answered all the ‘to do’ list questions, you can submit the claim. Before submitting, you will be