Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th November 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, what proportion of new claimants for universal credit received (a) their initial payment in full and on time and (b) part of their initial payment on time in each month from 31 December 2017 to the most recent month for which figures are available.

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

This information was published on 13 November 2018 as a Universal Credit official statistics release. It is available via the link below.


In many cases where full payment is not made on time, it is due to unresolved issues such as: claimants not accepting their Claimant Commitment or passing identity checks, or having outstanding verification issues, such as housing costs and self-employed earnings.

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