DWP issues new list of documents for Universal Credit claimants in UK

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released fresh details for those planning to apply for Universal Credit in the UK. Currently, 6.7 million people across the country are claiming Universal Credit, and there are several steps that must be taken before regular payments can begin.

One of these initial steps is verifying your identity. The DWP guidelines state that this process is vital to ensure the correct person is linked to the right claim, helping to reduce the risk of identity fraud.

There are various methods you can use to verify your identity for Universal Credit, including online verification, face-to-face appointments, documentary evidence, and biographical interviews.

In a recent update, the DWP has published a detailed list of ID documents that new claimants will need to bring to their scheduled face-to-face interview at the Jobcentre. Claimants will have to provide three pieces of evidence to confirm their identity during this interview - one form of photo ID, one proof of address, and another document serving as "further proof of identity", according to the Mirror.

The DWP stated: "Depending on your circumstances, details of what evidence you need to provide will be discussed with you when you apply for Universal Credit.", reports Wales Online.

Here's the updated list of acceptable ID documents you'll need when applying for Universal Credit.

Photo ID.

You can use any of the following:.

Proof of address.

You can use any of the following:.

Further proof of identity.

You can use any of the following:.

A current debit, credit, or store card with a statement confirming the details on the card.

Or any of the following if not already used to prove your address:.

For more information about applying for Universal Credit, visit the GOV. UK website here.