Universal Credit

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Lister of Burtersett Baroness Lister of Burtersett Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their current working assumptions about the number and proportion of universal credit claimants who are likely to require personal budgeting support.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

All new Universal Credit claimants will be offered personal budgeting support if they require it. The majority of claimants are expected to be able to continue to manage their finances effectively as they do now. Of those that do require assistance, we know that a small proportion will require in-depth budgeting support and we have arrangements in place to ensure that they can receive this. This work will be informed by experience in the live service sites as well as the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects.

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