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MPs urge 'starter payment' to universal credit claimants

12 days ago   |   By The Guardian

Select committee's recommendation aims to support people during five-week wait for first benefits New universal credit claimants should be offered a “starter payment” to ensure they have enough money to pay for food and heating during the five-week wait for a first benefit payment, a cross-party report by MPs has recommended. The work and pensions select committee said there was growing evidence the five-week wait - a key design element in universal credit - could push people already in difficulties into crises such as rent arrears , food bank use and psychological distress.
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MPs demand extra financial support during 5 week wait for Universal Credit

MPs demand extra financial support during 5 week wait for Universal Credit

12 days ago   |   By The Mirror

First-time claimants should receive a starter payment to ensure they can afford basics during the five-week wait for an initial payment, according to the cross-party Work and Pensions Committee.
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