Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to introduce a mechanism into universal credit to allow claimants to move their review date, in order to avoid fluctuations in their benefit payments when there is no change in wages.
Assessment periods allow for UC awards to be adjusted on a monthly basis, ensuring that if a claimant’s income changes, they do not have to wait several months for a corresponding change in their UC award.
Earnings are taken into account in the assessment period they are received and in this way the UC paid to claimants reflects, as closely as possible, the actual circumstances of a household during each monthly assessment period.
The Department has been working closely with HM Revenues and Customs (HMRC) since UC went live in 2013 to support and inform employers who report payroll earnings, to emphasise the importance of timely reporting via the Real Time Information (RTI) system.
HMRC have updated their guidance to reiterate to employers the importance of reporting payroll accurately and the impact of reporting payments late.
Employers should already record on HMRC’s RTI system the date a salary is scheduled to be paid, rather than the date it is paid, where it is earlier due to a weekend, bank holiday or at Christmas.
1. Opposition Day Debate: Universal Credit
16/10/2018 - Parliamentary Research
Found: 16 October 2018 Opposition Day Debate: Universal Credit By Steven Kennedy Richard Keen Roderick McInnes
2. The Universal Credit assessment period and earned income
13/08/2019 - Parliamentary Research
Found: @commonslibrary Universal Credit is assessed and paid monthly. For claimants who are in work, the amount
The economics of Universal Credit
How well has Universal Credit met its original objectives
Found: Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and the Work and Pensions CommitteeInquiry to examine the impact of
Found: Advice NI (WSN0007)Advice NI proposals on Universal Credit (UC): How to make it betterAdvice NI believes
1. Oral Answers to Questions
19/10/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: targeted support programme supports jobseekers to move into growth sectors of the economy.  - Speech Link
2: dedicated to helping people who have been out of work for three or more months and may be at risk of long-term - Speech Link
3: struggling to find work as a result of the pandemic. However, getting people back into work will require a - Speech Link
2. Oral Answers to Questions
07/10/2019 - Commons Chamber
1: progress on all areas of the work announced by the previous Secretary of State on 11 July. As a next step - Speech Link
2: The Scottish Government have already done this work. They have talked to the medical profession, the - Speech Link
3: on several occasions, including as part of this work. We want to get things right. We understand the - Speech Link
3. Oral Answers to Questions
07/01/2019 - Commons Chamber
1: benefits system, ensuring that people are better off in work and that support is targeted to the most vulnerable - Speech Link
2: scaling back the roll-out of the migration to universal credit for those on legacy benefits while problems - Speech Link
3: benefits to universal credit is effective, fair and compassionate is absolutely central to the work the Department - Speech Link
4. Oral Answers to Questions
25/01/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: People who are advised to shield and are unable to work from home may be furloughed. Those who are not furloughed - Speech Link
2: course means they have not had the £20 a week universal credit uplift that has been made available. As the - Speech Link
3: are having to shield. Many disabled people cannot work from home and do not qualify for furlough, and sick - Speech Link
5. Oral Answers to Questions
11/02/2019 - Commons Chamber
1: were challenges with the initial roll-out of universal credit, and the main issue that led to an increase - Speech Link
2: tell me that universal credit is making their situation worse. Will the Secretary of State join me in April - Speech Link
3: Friend confirm that someone on benefits moving into work under the legacy welfare system that we inherited - Speech Link