Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th June 2018.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to ensure that after the full roll-out of universal credit no person has their benefits sanctioned in the event that they (a) reduce their earnings to claim entitlement to free school meals or (b) decide not to increase their earnings in order to avoid losing entitlement to free school meals and either option leaves them better off overall.

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

The conditionality requirements and support available to claimants are designed to be flexible, personalised and responsive to their needs. Imposing a sanction when someone has not met their requirements is not something we do lightly. When considering whether a sanction is appropriate, a Decision Maker will take into account all the claimant’s individual circumstances, including any health conditions or childcare responsibilities and any evidence of good reason, before deciding whether a sanction is warranted.

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