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If your Universal Credit payment is wrong

This advice applies to England

You should be told if there’s been any changes to the amount of Universal Credit you get - usually by a letter.

Contact the Universal Credit helpline if:

  • your payment is less than you expected and you haven’t been told why
  • you think there's been a mistake with how your Universal Credit has been worked out

Universal Credit helpline
Telephone: 0345 600 0723
Textphone: 0345 600 0743
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Calls to this number can cost up to 9p a minute from a landline, or between 8p and 40p a minute from a mobile (your phone supplier can tell you how much you’ll pay) - you can call and ask them to call you back.

If you think there’s been a mistake, you can ask them to look at the decision again. There’s a different process if you’ve been sanctioned.

It’s a good idea to give them some evidence of the mistake if you can, for example:

  • your rental agreement if they have your housing costs wrong
  • payslips or bank statements if there’s been an error in your earnings (ask your employer for payslips if you don’t have them)
  • childcare bills if they have your childcare costs wrong

Common reasons for getting less Universal Credit

Your payment might be less than normal for the following reasons:

  • you’re paying back an advance payment, hardship payment or budgeting advance
  • you’ve started having money deducted for bills or rent
  • you’ve been sanctioned - find out what to do if you’ve been sanctioned
  • the Jobcentre previously paid you too much - this is called an ‘overpayment’ and you’ll usually have to pay it back
  • you’ve had income from work
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