Budgeting advances - get a loan if you’re on Universal Credit
If you're getting Universal Credit, you might be able to get a loan to cover an expense that comes up, such as:
- a one-off item, eg replacing a broken fridge or getting a piece of furniture
- unexpected expenses, eg a bill that’s higher than usual
- expenses for starting a new job or keeping a job, eg uniforms, tools, etc
- repairs to your home, maintenance or security
- travelling expenses
- maternity expenses
- funeral expenses
- moving costs or rent deposit
The loan is called a 'budgeting advance' - you'll have to pay it back by getting lower Universal Credit payments until it’s paid off. You’ll be told how much your payments will be reduced by.
You might be able to get a community care grant instead of a budgeting advance, which you won't have to pay back.
If you've applied for Universal Credit but haven't had a payment yet, you might be able to get an advance payment instead of a budgeting advance.
All of the following must apply:
- you must have been getting Universal Credit for 6 months or more, unless you need the money to help you start a new job or keep an existing job
- you must have earned less than £2,600 (£3,600 together for couples) in the 6 months before your application
- you or your partner must not be paying off a previous ‘budgeting advance’
How much you can get
|Single with no responsibility for children||£100 to £348|
|In a couple with no responsibility for children||£100 to £464|
|You're responsible for children||£100 to £812|
You’ll get less if you have over £1000 in savings or investments.
How to get a budgeting advance
Contact your Jobcentre to apply.