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Universal Credit: Coronavirus

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 19th May 2020.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Employment)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it here policy to grant transitional protection payments to claimants on legacy benefits that receive a lower benefits payment for applying for universal credit during the covid-19 pandemic.

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

Where someone’s circumstances change significantly it’s right that we reassess their benefit entitlement. A claimant making a new claim due to changes in their circumstances has always been likely to receive a different level of entitlement than they had had on their previous benefit.

As these claimants’ circumstances will have changed, it would be not possible to make a meaningful comparison between their previous level of entitlement to legacy benefits and their entitlement to Universal Credit.

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