Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 4 June 2020.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of the 93 per cent of claims for universal credit that have been processed by her Department since 16 March 2020 have resulted in people not qualifying for a payment.

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

Holding answer received on 05 May 2020

Between March 16th and March 29th there were 800,000 declarations made to Universal Credit, all of which are processed. Of these

  • 67% have received a UC payment
  • 16% had a nil award due to earnings
  • 16% were either withdrawn by the claimant or closed due to ineligibility
  • Less than 1% have outstanding verification preventing payment

For comparison, in January and February there were 580,000 declaration made to Universal Credit, all of which are processed. Of these

  • 63% have received a UC payment
  • 12% had a nil award due to earnings
  • 26% were either withdrawn by the claimant or closed due to ineligibility
  • Less than 1% have outstanding verification preventing payment

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