23% of new ben­e­fit claims not paid on time

Evening Express (City Final) - - Uk & Abroad -

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.

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