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Universal Credit: The wait for a first payment - Committee holds first oral evidence session

5 June 2020

The Work and Pensions Committee will question charities and support groups in the first oral evidence session of its inquiry into Universal Credit and the wait for a first payment.


Wednesday 10 June - virtual meeting

At 9.30am

  • Iain Porter, Social Security Partnerships and Policy Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Emma Revie, Chief Executive, Trussell Trust
  • Minesh Patel, Principal Policy Manager, Citizens Advice
  • Tom Lee, Senior Policy Analyst, Child Poverty Action Group

At about 10.30am

  • Jennifer Harrison, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Changing Lives
  • Gemma Hope, Director of Policy, Leonard Cheshire
  • Peter Tutton, Head of Policy, StepChange Debt Charity
  • Mark Gale, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Young Women's Trust

Purpose of the session

The meeting will examine the impact of the minimum five week wait on people who are making a claim for Universal Credit, the effectiveness of Advance payments and ways in which the wait might be reduced or eliminated.

The first panel with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Trussell Trust, Citizens Advice and the Child Poverty Action Group will focus on some of the broader issues around the five week wait and the impact it has on Universal Credit claimants. The Committee will then question Changing Lives, Leonard Cheshire and StepChange Debt Charity about some of the specific problems faced by groups with particular needs, including disabled people, single parents, people leaving prison and people experiencing homelessness.

Further information

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