Universal Credit: Managed Migration

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:51 pm on 8th January 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham 12:51 pm, 8th January 2019

Tax credits were a great success. In answering my question yesterday about the five-week wait before claimants are entitled to their benefit, the Minister pointed out that advances are available. That is true, but of course that means people are indebted to his Department right at the start of their claim. Press reports at the weekend stated that the roll-out would be paused because of worries about growing indebtedness. Are Ministers concerned about rising indebtedness among benefit claimants because of universal credit?