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Universal Credit: the wait for a first payment

Inquiry

This inquiry looked at the five week wait that faces new Universal Credit claimants before receiving their first benefits payment. It examined the options that the Department for Work and Pensions could consider for reducing or ending the wait and explore other possible solutions.

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry.

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Minister questioned on failure to reform Universal Credit
House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee and the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee holds a joint evidence session
8 March 2021
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Government response wasted opportunity to fix flaws in UC system
The Work and Pensions Committee publishes the Government response to its report Universal Credit: The wait for a first payment
12 January 2021
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Chair comments on Spending Review
Work and Pensions Committee Chair Stephen Timms comments on statement from the Chancellor
25 November 2020
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MPs call for starter payments to provide financial support during wait for first Universal Credit payment
Work and Pensions Committee report highlights difficulties faced by people claiming Universal Credit
19 October 2020
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Committee examines Universal Credit and the wait for a first payment
The Work and Pensions Committee questions the National Audit Office and the Financial Conduct Authority
1 September 2020
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Welfare Delivery Minister Will Quince MP questioned on Universal Credit
Work and Pensions Committee question Minister on Universal Credit and the wait for a first payment
14 July 2020
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Committee to question Sir Iain Duncan Smith on Universal Credit and the wait for a first payment
Committee to question Sir Iain Duncan Smith on Universal Credit and the wait for a first payment
26 June 2020
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Councils and housing associations questioned on the impact of the wait for a first Universal Credit payment
The Work and Pensions Committee examines Universal Credit: The wait for a first payment
23 June 2020
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Policy experts questioned on Universal Credit and the wait for a first payment
Work and Pensions Committee examines some of the policy options for mitigating the impact of the minimum five week wait
15 June 2020
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Universal Credit: The wait for a first payment - Committee holds first oral evidence session
Work and Pensions Committee examines impact of the minimum five week wait on people who are making a claim for Universal Credit
5 June 2020
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New inquiry: Universal Credit: the wait for a first payment
Committee launch inquiry into the wait for a first payment of Universal Credit
9 March 2020
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  • Email: workpencom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 020 7219 8976 | Media enquiries to Oliver Florence on 020 7219 1679/florenceo@parliament.uk
  • Address: Work and Pensions Committee | House of Commons | London | SW1A 0AA