Universal Credit: Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th September 2017.

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Photo of Emma Hardy Emma Hardy Labour, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of claimants in Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle constituency who will wait more than six weeks to receive any payment from universal credit following its introduction there in 2018.

Photo of Emma Hardy Emma Hardy Labour, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of claimants in Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle constituency who will wait more than 11 weeks to receive any payment from universal credit following its introduction there in 2018.

Photo of Mike Kane Mike Kane Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants had to wait more than 6 weeks before receiving their first payment since universal credit was introduced.

Photo of Heidi Allen Heidi Allen Conservative, South Cambridgeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants on full service universal credit have not been paid in full within six weeks in each of the last two years.

Photo of Stephen Hepburn Stephen Hepburn Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of universal credit applicants wait more than (a) six and (b) 10 weeks after making their claim before they receive any income in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

We are intending to publish further data on payment timeliness in due course, but our latest internal data nationally, suggests around 80% of cases are paid in full at the end of the first assessment period.

For the remaining cases we estimate around a third have not signed up to their claimant commitment so cannot be paid until they have. The other two thirds have an outstanding verification issue, such as providing bank statements, evidence of childcare costs, or proof of rent. Many of these claimants receive a part-payment where elements of the claim have been verified.

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