Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 23rd June 2015.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee, Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants have waited more than five weeks from making an application before receiving their first payment.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

The information is not currently available.

Universal Credit is paid to claimants on a monthly basis. This monthly payment cycle mirrors the approach that claimants would experience in work and is designed to prepare claimants for employment. The first payment is made within a calendar month plus a week of the original date of claim, providing all the information required has been supplied by the claimant.

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