Universal Credit is usually paid once a month. If you have difficulty budgeting monthly, you can ask your case manager for more frequent payments. You will have to wait at least 5 weeks for your first payment.
If it's reasonable to think that your illness could be terminal within 12 months, you can apply to fast-track your UC application. You also are exempt from the claimant commitment and face to face assessment.
Depending on how your condition affects you, the DWP assessor decides what you must do to claim Universal Credit.
You can go into 1 of 3 ‘activity groups’:
Limited capability for work and work-related activity
You do not have to work or prepare for work.
Limited capability for work
You do not have to work, but your Work Coach may ask you to do some regular tasks to get ready for work, such as meeting them or doing training. Speak to your Work Coach if you struggle to manage the requirements.
Fit for work
You must do regular tasks to get ready for work. Your Work Coach will tell you how many hours you should spend looking for work each week.
Appealing DWP decisions
You might want to appeal if you think your Work Capability Assessment is wrong and that you should not be looking for work or doing tasks to get ready for work. For example, the DWP says you are fit for work.
If you resign and the DWP does not think you had a good reason, they could cut or reduce your benefits. Get written evidence to show that stopping work was not your choice. This could be a letter or email.
You may be able to claim Universal Credit and other benefits if you are made redundant.