23% of new benefit claims not paid on time
MINISTERS are under pressure to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit after figures showed around one in four new claimants wait longer than six weeks to be paid. Labour said the system was in “total disarray”, while Tory MP Heidi Allen also said the Government “should slow down a little bit and get it right”.
Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke said Universal Credit (UC) offered an unprecedented level of personalised support and he was committed to ensuring payments were made on time. Data published by the Department for Work and Pensions shows 77% of new claimants are paid their full benefit within six weeks.