19 September 2019
Claiming Universal Credit without a national insurance number
DWP have confirmed that people wishing to claim universal credit (UC) but who don't have a national insurance number should not delay making their UC claim.
They can continue to make their UC claim and the actual action of submitting the UC claim will also initiate the application process for a national insurance number.
Once DWP have confirmed that the conditions of entitlement to UC are established, they will prioritise the claimant's application for a national insurance number.
This means DWP can establish eligibility for UC and so also makes it possible to pay an advance of UC, if required.
Claimants who do have a national insurance number will need to use it when they apply for UC
More information is available in DWP's newsletter Touchbase 137
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