“I can use a screen shot of my online universal credit account as a proof of benefits”
The short answer:
In theory yes ... but you will need printed proof for most purposes
You might need proof of your universal credit award to access things like free school meals, help with health costs, training or travel concessions, or support with utility costs, and most organisations currently ask for printed evidence as part of their application process.
If you are told you need to provide a printed copy of your award you can request this by adding a note to your journal or by contacting the universal credit helpline. If you can get access to a printer you can sign in to your universal credit account and print out statements to show details of your award, the elements included in your award and the amount of earnings in each assessment period if you are working (although some authorities may want a printout supplied by the DWP).
Guidance from other organisations that require proof of entitlement -
- NHS in England: help with health costs advises that you need to ‘present’ a copy of your universal credit award notice (but prescription forms do not currently have a tick box for universal credit, in which case the NHS and DWP advise that you should tick the box for income-based jobseeker's allowance instead). See also the DWP youtube video on NHS prescriptions.
- Free school meals: guidance for schools and local authorities advises that a universal credit award letter is required as proof.
- Evidence for civil legal aid means testing on gov.uk
- Warm home discount scheme on gov.uk directs you to individual participating electricity suppliers that set their own proof requirements for low income scheme applicants.
If you need help in finding out more about your rights and the options available to you, do consider contacting a local independent advice organisation.
Enter a postcode on our advicelocal site to find details of advice organisations in your area. They will usually be able to offer free advice and support, and help to answer any questions you have.