Universal Credit: Deductions

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30 March 2022.

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Photo of Catherine McKinnell Catherine McKinnell Chair, Petitions Committee, Chair, Petitions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2022 to Question 129166 on Universal Credit: Deductions, how many children were living in households in receipt of universal credit and subject to deductions in the most recent month for which data are available, by parliamentary constituency.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Government recognises the importance of supporting the welfare of claimants who have incurred debt. We seek to balance recovery of debt against not causing hardship for claimants and their families.

Since April 2021, we have reduced the normal maximum rate of deductions in Universal Credit from 40% to 25% of a claimant’s Standard Allowance. These positive measures were put in place to support claimants to manage financial difficulties.

The requested information is provided in the attached spreadsheet.

Table (xlsx, 40.7KB)

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