Get help applying for Universal Credit
Our Help to Claim service
Our Help to Claim service can support you in the early stages of your Universal Credit claim, from the application, through to your first payment.
Help to Claim is a dedicated service from Citizens Advice. It’s free, independent, confidential and impartial. Our trained advisers can help with things like how to gather evidence for your application or how to prepare for your first Jobcentre appointment.
You can read our online advice on Universal Credit at any time.
Call our national phone line
You can contact an adviser through our free national Help to Claim phone service:
England: 0800 144 8 444
Wales: 08000 241 220
Wales textphone: 18001 08000 241 220
Scotland: 0800 023 2581
Advisers are available 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Call the Wales number if you’d like to speak to an Welsh language adviser.
Talk to us online
Chat lets you talk to a trained adviser online about your Universal Credit application process. Chat is usually available 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. It's not available on public holidays. If no advisers are available, the chat box won’t appear.
If you want to chat to an adviser about any other issue, you can talk to us on our main chat page.
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Find your nearest Citizens Advice
Enter your postcode or town to get contact details and opening hours for your nearest Citizens Advice.
Complain about the Help to Claim service
You can use our complaints procedure if you want to complain about our Help to Claim service.