Many of the issues surrounding UC raised by Landlords and tenants seem to have been heard.
Claimants are kept waiting for weeks sometimes 6-8 weeks if the claim is straight forward, more if isn’t and without any money to even buy food for the kids.
This waiting time has been addressed in the budget, down to a maximum of 5 weeks with a two-week handover period from one system to the new UC system. Also, Housing benefit will remain in place during this hand over period to avoid tenants being served with notice and or evicted. Some added value, He further stated that he would remove the seven day waiting period so entitlement for universal credit starts on the day of the claim, adding that any household needing an advance can access a full month’s payment within five days of applying.
All good intentions I am sure, but of course it remains to be seen if the mandarins administering the system can make it work?