You can get an advance payment from the jobcentre to help cover the gap between the date you claim and the date you get your first payment (usually around six weeks). If you haven’t already, you can arrange for an advance payment of UC from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). This is a loan that must be paid back within 12 months, reducing the amount of UC you will get in the future. You’ll need to think carefully about whether you can manage with a reduction on your monthly UC payment. To find out more click here.