Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee, Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that universal credit is paid to the primary caregiver in a household by default.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

As the Secretary of State announced in her speech of 11 January 2019, the Department has listened to concerns about the single payment structure and has committed to look at what more can be done to ensure that the Universal Credit award is paid to the primary carer in a household. At present 59 per cent of Universal Credit payments to households are made into the bank accounts of women, who are often the main carers in their household.

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