Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 18th December 2018.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants subject to recovery of recoverable hardship payments have them recovered at a rate of 40 per cent.

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

For eligible Universal Credit Full Service claims paid in September 2018, 5,300, which is less than 1%, had repayments taken for a Recoverable Hardship Payment (rounded to the nearest 100). Of these, only 12% have an RHP repayment at 40% of the Standard Allowance whereas, the majority (68%) have a recovery rate of 30% or less.

The claim count figure in this answer will not match the official statistics due to methodological differences.

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