Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th January 2019.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate take-up of income-related benefits to improve after the roll out of Universal Credit; if so, what improvement they anticipate; and over what time period.

Photo of Baroness Buscombe Baroness Buscombe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

We anticipate a further 700,000 households will get entitlements they were not claiming under the legacy system, worth on average £285 per month as Universal Credit is a more accurate system and will ensure people will receive the right entitlement. Within the legacy system, there are £2.4bn of unclaimed benefits not taken up by people who need them.

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