Check UC is the right benefit for you .
From 25th July 2018 new claims for most benefits / tax credits for working age people in Sunderland will usually be for Universal Credit. You do not need to claim UC otherwise until the DWP tell you to.
Get the right bank account
You will need one to get paid. It must be able to receive electronic payments from the DWP.
There are many different accounts and options to choose from - select the one that best suits you:
Note-You will need certain documents to open an account.
Draw up a budget
When you claim UC you will get one monthly payment to cover your personal and housing costs so you may need to change the way you manage your money over the month .
Waiting times for Universal Credit are at least 5 weeks from making a claim to getting a first payment, so any money you can put aside now will come in very handy while you wait.
Set up an e-mail address
You will need an email address to enable you to claim Universal Credit. You cannot continue with the application unless you have an active email address. If you need to open an email account, here is a useful video on how to how to sign up for an email account.
Find your national insurance number
You will need one to complete your claim - and one for your partner if you have one. You can find your National Insurance number on your payslip, P60, or letters about tax, pensions and benefits. If you have a personal tax account you can also view it there and print a confirmation letter.
If you still can't find it, you fill in form CA5403 and send it to the address on the form.
You will need to be able to get one line to be able to make and manage your claim.
Improve your online skills if you don't feel very confident.
Free computer access - There are a number of venues who offer free access to computers in Sunderland.
Local training courses - There are a variety of courses available in Sunderland to help develop digital skills.
Training Websites -websites contain a range of online courses, tools, resources and games that will help develop your digital skills.
Find information on local services through Sunderland Information Point.