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CAP’s response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s call for evidence

calendar20 April 2020

CAP has responded to the Work and Pensions Select Committee call for evidence on the wait for a first Universal Credit payment. Universal Credit is undoubtedly the single biggest welfare reform since the welfare state was introduced. Adapting to a new system, which is digital-by-default and involves the managing of rent payments and a single monthly payment, has been challenging for many. Advance payments are a lifeline that many people are too afraid to use. There is no one simple solution. Instead, we need a range of reforms that will make Universal Credit work for the variety of circumstances that people making a claim find themselves in. Backdating is needed, as well as non-repayable Advances for claimants with deficit budgets. To read more, click below. 

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