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Wendy Chamberlain Excerpts
Monday 5th February 2024

(4 months, 2 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Jo Churchill Portrait Jo Churchill
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The way that universal credit works means that work coaches can use their flexibility, but if a payment is short one month, the appropriate thing to do is to sort it the next.

Wendy Chamberlain Portrait Wendy Chamberlain (North East Fife) (LD)
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T10. In his opening remarks, the Secretary of State mentioned the assessment period for cost of living payments, but people on four-weekly pay schedules miss out on support because they fall foul of the assessment period rules for universal credit. What assessment have the Government made of the number of people missing out, and what remedy do they have?

Mel Stride Portrait Mel Stride
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Cost of living payments can be affected by when people are paid, and therefore by whether they are on universal credit and qualify at precisely that point. I do not have the figure to hand that the hon. Lady requests, but I will of course get back to her with it.