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 longest 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

The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Measuring the longest time includes complex issues such as claims with a sanction, the process of habitual residency tests, outstanding evidence etc. which could mean a minority of claims wait longer than the average and would require analysis of multiple datasets and individual claimant records.

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