Reapply for Universal Credit
You might have to make new application if you need to go back onto Universal Credit after a period of not getting payments. It depends when your last payment was and why it stopped.
If your last payment was more than 6 months ago
You need to make a new application if it’s been more than 6 months since you got your last Universal Credit payment.
If your last payment was less than 6 months ago
You won’t have to make a new claim for Universal Credit if either:
- your Universal Credit payments stopped because your earnings went up, but now your earnings have dropped again
- your application for Universal Credit was refused because your earnings were too high, but now your earnings have dropped below the limit
The above doesn't apply if you live in a 'full service' Universal Credit area - check if you live in a full service area.
Call the Universal Credit helpline to start getting Universal Credit again - they’ll have your claim details on their system.
Universal Credit helpline
Telephone: 0800 328 9344
Textphone: 0800 328 1344
Open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
Calls to these numbers are free.