The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing yet another investigation into Universal Credit. It comes as a storm around one of its most contentious aspects grows.
After disbanding the select committees that kept an eye on the various departments working within government, the Work and Pension Select Committee has now been reinstated. This is a cross party group which investigates DWP-related issues, and it’s this group which has decided to take a long hard look at Universal Credit.
They want to hear claimants’ stories, especially about the five weeks wait for their first payment which has attracted increasing criticism of this built-in clause. If you’re one of these people, the Work and Pensions Select Committee wants to hear from you. It wants to know:
- How have things like advance payments helped to reduce the negative impact of the five weeks wait?
- What problems do claimants still experience during the five weeks wait?
- What is the best way of offsetting the impact of the five weeks wait?
So, now’s your chance to have your say. Click on this link and get your evidence submitted before 17th April 2020.
Can you also leave a comment for me about your own experiences as we’d find this really useful for future postings. Thanks guys.
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