Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Angela Crawley Angela Crawley Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Disabilities), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Pensions), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Youth affairs), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Children and Families), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has plans to offer financial assistance to local authorities that have increased their bad debt provisions as a result of universal credit.

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

We appreciate that councils are experiencing budgeting challenges but Universal Credit should not be contributing to them. New Burdens funding has been provided to cover additional costs associated with Universal Credit and the Department will consider reimbursing councils for any additional costs that are not already covered by New Burdens and Universal Support funding. The effect is that Universal Credit should not leave councils out of pocket.

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