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 in cases where a split payment of universal credit has been made because of domestic violence on what grounds a decision on whether or not to continue that split payment will be made.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether split payments of universal credit might be made in cases other than financial abuse or domestic violence.

Photo of Baroness Lister of Burtersett Baroness Lister of Burtersett Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a decision to make a split payment of universal credit will be made on the basis of an interview with both partners together, or separately.

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

A split payment will be subject to a periodic review as part of the alternative payment arrangements. A decision to continue with split payment arrangements will be discretionary based on the circumstances at the review.

The provision of a split payment is being considered as part of the alternative payment arrangements to alleviate financial issue arising from domestic violence and/or financial abuse. We are not actively considering their wider use.

The detailed design for split payment arrangements is still in development and will build on arrangements in place for similar situations which arise today with joint claims for jobseekers allowance (JSA). It is envisaged that discussion will be needed with both parties before a decision can be made, and both parties will need to be advised of the decision.

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