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Pay Day for UC means I can't effectively budget for rent etc. Can I change my AP?

mjh2222
mjh2222 Member Posts: 23 Listener
edited September 28 in Universal Credit (UC)
Hi

I currently get my UC paid monthly however the pay date means I can not effectively budget for rent etc

Can I ask to change my assesment period therefore my payment date?

If I ask to get paid twice monthly can I ask for specific dates or will it just be two weeks after my normal pay date if I get this request accepted?

Thanks,

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  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,069 Disability Gamechanger
    edited September 28
    mjh2222 said:
    Can I ask to change my assesment period therefore my payment date?,
    No, there is no mechanism to do this. Your AP is determined by the date you made your claim.

    mjh2222 said: If I ask to get paid twice monthly can I ask for specific dates or will it just be two weeks after my normal pay date if I get this request accepted?,
    If you request to be paid twice per month you will get half your monthly amount on your existing pay date and half two weeks later.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • mjh2222
    mjh2222 Member Posts: 23 Listener
    Ok thank you

    Does this mean that If I ask for 2 payments per month instead of 1 that my original pay date that I have right now will remain the same, and I will just have another pay date 2 weeks later? So every 2 weeks keeping my original pay date.

    Thanks
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,069 Disability Gamechanger
    edited September 28
    mjh2222 said:..Does this mean that If I ask for 2 payments per month instead of 1 that my original pay date that I have right now will remain the same, and I will just have another pay date 2 weeks later? 
    Yes. You simply have to wait two weeks longer for half your money.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • mjh2222
    mjh2222 Member Posts: 23 Listener
  • mjh2222
    mjh2222 Member Posts: 23 Listener
    As I am self employed, would I have to do my income and expenses twice per month or once still?
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,069 Disability Gamechanger
    mjh2222 said:
    As I am self employed, would I have to do my income and expenses twice per month or once still?
    Once only just as existing. Your entitlement would still be worked out monthly using the same AP but payment of the amount due is split into two.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • mjh2222
    mjh2222 Member Posts: 23 Listener
    Ok thank you very much for your help, have a good day.

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