Would I be in debt with universal credit?

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I'm going to get paid from my job but they are going to pay me after the 2 weeks of uc paying me as I need to work there for a month before they pay me. Its a zero hour contract.
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UC is generally paid in arrears so assuming you told them when you expected to work/get paid you shouldn't end up in debt to them. They're a lot better about stuff like that than they used to be.

When I was zero hours I had to notify them every week/2 weeks of what my earnings had been and they took it into account as my boss didn't do the auto PAYE thing.
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UC is generally paid in arrears so assuming you told them when you expected to work/get paid you shouldn't end up in debt to them. They're a lot better about stuff like that than they used to be.

When I was zero hours I had to notify them every week/2 weeks of what my earnings had been and they took it into account as my boss didn't do the auto PAYE thing.
How do I notify them of my hours it doesn't ask me to when I log in?
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How do I notify them of my hours it doesn't ask me to when I log in?
It's been a bit since I used it but I'd either pop in in person every 2 weeks with my payslip (likely not an option just now) or I'd add the details as a basic journal entry on the UC system. There wasn't a specific 'hours' screen I filled in.

At a basic level your obligation is to inform them of the work you did and what you were paid, that's about it. Figuring out what you owe/get ect is supposed to be their problem.
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It's been a bit since I used it but I'd either pop in in person every 2 weeks with my payslip (likely not an option just now) or I'd add the details as a basic journal entry on the UC system. There wasn't a specific 'hours' screen I filled in.

At a basic level your obligation is to inform them of the work you did and what you were paid, that's about it. Figuring out what you owe/get ect is supposed to be their problem.
Oh okay so I just add a note for my work coach of the hours I've worked or does my work notify them of the hours I've worked? I don't get paid till 2 weeks after my uc payment so I still need the money. My work coach hadn't explained what I need to do properly.
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Oh okay so I just add a note for my work coach of the hours I've worked or does my work notify them of the hours I've worked? I don't get paid till 2 weeks after my uc payment so I still need the money. My work coach hadn't explained what I need to do properly.
This will depend on your employer and how you're paid really, some employers report your earnings directly as part of their payroll, some don't and you're responsible for it at the end of the day, easiest to ask them which.

In either case i'd pop on a basic note for my work coach what work i doing, how many hours and how much I earned, they might well get back and ask you to record hours & payments manually until know for sure how you are paid.

If there does end up being some sort of overpayment they will initially be pretty pretty chill about it.
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If you're declared as working, but no earnings get shared from HMRC, UC will raise 'hopefully' an automatic to-do for you to self-declare any earnings you have if no PAYE info is received from HMRC. Receieving your PAYE information from HMRC is entirely dependent on your employer being someone who submits timely PAYE information.

Example, your Assessment Period is 13/11/20 to 12/12/20.

You're paid on the 10/12/20 your wages. Your employer makes a timely submission to HMRC with that information - this then gets pinged over to DWP and your wages are automatically taken into consideration (deducted from your UC entitlement) after any deductions of income tax, national insurance contribution and pension contribution (and also you may have a work allowance). You don't have to do anything if HMRC get the info.

Basically, be aware of your assessment period (top right of your statement) and all the wages you are paid during it - and look at your next statement when it becomes available to see if the correct amount of earnings has been used to deduct from your entitlement
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