Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th February 2020.

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Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Labour, Barnsley East

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time period was from initial claim to the first payment for universal credit in 2019.

Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Labour, Barnsley East

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the shortest time period was from initial claim to the first payment for universal credit in 2019.

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

Universal Credit is designed to mirror the way most people in work are paid, which is monthly. Our latest published data shows around 87% (October 2019) of new claimants are being paid in full and on time. If there are delays in making the first payment, this can be due to outstanding verification issues, such as proving bank statements or proof of rent. It can also be due to a claimant not signing their claimant commitment. For anyone waiting for their first Universal Credit payment, advances are available of the indicative monthly payment.

The latest available information on Universal Credit payment timeliness is published and can be found at: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

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