Back in March Chi asked the Minister to end the 6 week wait period for Universal Credit as it was causing destitution in Newcastle

Chi Onwurah

HANSARD   Topical Questions

27 March 2017  Volume 624

Newcastle has paid a high price for being the first city to go full service with universal credit, with claims routinely lost, delayed or repeatedly deleted. However, the six-week wait period is doing the most to drive so many into destitution and cause people to lose their home. With 80% of Newcastle council house tenants on universal credit now in rent arrears, will the Minister end the wait period, or will he explain how they are supposed to keep a roof over their head with no money?

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