Universal credit claimant verification

People applying for Universal Credit will now be able to use their existing Government Gateway account to confirm their identity, helping to speed up their claim.

The move is expected to help thousands of claimants applying for the benefit and will be available to those who have used the Government Gateway in the last 12 months to access their Personal Tax Accounts, including to check their tax credits, send a personal tax return or check their state pension.

Others applying for the benefit can continue to confirm their identity using GOV.UK Verify.

The Department of Works & Pensions has received more than 1.4 million claims since 16 March 2020.

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