Since 2013, Universal Credit has been introduced across the UK in stages, starting with those making new unemployment benefit claims.
It replaces 6 previously separate benefits and combines them into 1 monthly payment.
Claims for UC are considered by the DWP via an online application process.
Payments are made in arrears, this means a tenant will receive a payment at the end of each calendar month period rather than at the start.
For new claimants, the first payment is typically made 5 weeks after making an application. Claimants can apply for an advance.