Universal Credit is generally paid monthly and any housing costs (formerly housing benefit) will be paid to you.
It is now possible for UC applicants in Scotland to have their payments paid twice a month and for their housing costs paid direct to their Landlord. These are referred to as ‘Scottish choices’. More information can be found on the Scottish Government website.
You will also be offered Personal Budgeting Support from your work coach. This budgeting support is carried out by a local advice agency.
In limited circumstances it is possible for payments to be split between partners. You should speak to your work coach about this. These requests are considered under an Alternative Payment Arrangement (APA).
Remember that Council Tax Reduction (CTR) is not part of Universal Credit, so if you are liable for council tax then remember to claim CTR.
The Money Advice Service's Online Money Manager can help you make the most of your money while you are on Universal Credit. It offers help and advice on topics such as opening a bank account, keeping on top of bills and dealing with debt. Or speak to your work coach, who can refer you to a local advice agency for budgeting support.