Universal Credit claim process made easier
As people apply for Universal Credit, they will have the option to submit their Government Gateway credentials which the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will use to progress their claim.
The DWP said it is acting to streamline the process, adding that the move is expected to help thousands of people applying for the benefit.
It comes as more than 1.4 million Universal Credit claims have been made since 16 March.
Those who have used the Government Gateway account in the last 12 months can access their Personal Tax Account, including to check tax credits, send a tax return or check their state pension.
For others applying for the benefit, they can continue to confirm their identity via Gov.uk Verify.
The standard allowance of Universal Credit was increased this month to £409.89/month and the Chancellor confirmed the minimum income floor for the self-employed has been suspended so they can claim the benefit.
Click the link to apply for Universal Credit.