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Policy experts questioned on Universal Credit and the wait for a first payment

15 June 2020

Work and Pensions Committee examines some of the policy options for mitigating the impact of the minimum five week wait for a first payment faced by people making a claim for Universal Credit.


Wednesday 17th June, virtual meeting

At 9.30am

  • Dr Sophie Wickham, Wellcome Trust Fellow, Liverpool University
  • Dr Mandy Cheetham, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Teesside University
  • Anvar Sarygulov, Senior Researcher, Bright Blue
  • Ben Fell, Head of Analysis, Policy in Practice

At 10.30am

  • Patrick Spencer, Head of Work and Welfare Unit, Centre for Social Justice
  • Nicholas Timmins, Senior Fellow, Institute for Government
  • Mike Brewer, Chief Economist and Deputy Chief Executive, Resolution Foundation

The session is also likely to explore the effects of the wait on people claiming UC, along with the wider economic impacts, as well as the effectiveness of Advance payments and other options for mitigating the impact of the wait.

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