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Universal Credit: Disqualification

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Margaret Greenwood Margaret Greenwood Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there is a time limit within which a sanction must be applied under universal credit after a claimant has failed to comply with a condition of their claim.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Legislation does not specify a time limit within which a sanction should be considered; however, administrative law principles require decisions to be made and applied within a reasonable period of time. The time taken to make the decision will depend on the volume and complexity of cases. The Department aims to make sanctions decisions as soon as possible in cases where claimants may not have complied with a condition of their claim.

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