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Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th January 2020.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make the assessment period for universal credit coterminous with HMRC deadlines.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Entitlement to Universal Credit is calculated and paid monthly in arrears, in a single payment.

Assessment periods allow Universal Credit awards to be adjusted on a monthly basis, to reflect as closely as possible the actual circumstances of a household during that period. This helps to ensure that if a claimant’s income changes, they do not have to wait several months for a corresponding change in their Universal Credit award.

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