Peter Aldous calls on Government to tackle five-week wait for universal credit

4th February 2020

Peter Aldous welcomes the delay of the roll-out of universal credit and for the changes that have already been made. He calls on the Government to make further changes to get rid of the five-week wait.

I commend the Government for delaying the roll-out of universal credit and, indeed, for the changes that they have made to the system over the last four years or so, but may I ask the Minister to give serious consideration to getting rid of the five-week wait, notwithstanding the answer he gave to the hon. Member for Makerfield (Yvonne Fovargue)? In my experience, it is causing very serious challenges for my constituents.

I thank my hon. Friend for his question and the constructive way in which he put it, but I must respectfully disagree with him. There is no five-week wait. People are able to access their advance on day one.

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