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Universal Credit and Debt

Published Monday, June 3, 2019

On 5 June 2019 there will be a Westminster Hall debate regarding universal credit and debt. The debate will be led by Ruth George MP.

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This House of Commons debate pack briefing has been prepared in advance of a debate on “Universal Credit and Debt”. This debate will be led by Ruth George MP and will take place in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 5 June 2019, starting at 2.30pm.


The debate is expected to cover a range of issues including:


  • The five-week wait for first payment of Universal Credit (UC)
  • Budgeting on UC and Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs)
  • Deductions from UC awards
  • Rent arrears
  • Recovery of tax credit overpayments and other debts
  • Availability of Local Welfare Assistance
  • Effect of the benefits freeze


This debate pack briefing provides background information on all the issues listed above, in addition to parliamentary and press material which Members may find useful when preparing for this debate.


In addition, the Child Poverty Action Group have today released a new report entitled "Universal credit: what needs to change to reduce child poverty and make it fit for families?" which may be useful when preparing for today's debate.

Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0131

Authors: Steven Kennedy; Andrew Mackley; Wendy Wilson; Michael O'Donnell

Topics: Benefits administration, Benefits policy, Bereavement benefits, Family benefits, Housing benefits, Incomes and poverty, Pensions, Sickness, disability and carers' benefits, Working age benefits

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