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 whether, in the case of joint claimants of universal credit, both members of a couple will need to demonstrate any of the listed factors in order to qualify for personal budgeting support; and whether a decision as to whether budgeting support is needed will be based on a joint interview.

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

The government wishes to place responsibility for budgeting with the household, and believes it is for households to decide how best to manage their money whether in or out of work. In cases of joint claims to Universal Credit, the decision regarding the appropriateness of offering Personal Budgeting Support would be discussed with each party. The decision would be based upon their circumstances and the capability of the household to manage its monthly expenditure.

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