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Universal Credit: Seven day waiting period removed

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Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

Those in receipt of Universal Credit will no longer have to wait seven days for the DWP to process their claim, after the waiting period was scrapped today.

The change, which was first announced in the Autumn Statement 2017, means that families will now receive Universal Credit payments five weeks after the day they claim, rather than six weeks.

Win for the RLA

Scrapping the seven day waiting period was something that the RLA had campaigned for.

On today’s announcement, Work and Pensions Secretary of State Esther Mcvey said:

“It can be a worrying time looking for work and our priorities are to help people find employment quickly and to improve lives. Our package of support affords better help for people as soon as they make a claim to Universal Credit”.

She continued: ” We will be removing the seven waiting days, which means no one has to wait 6 weeks for their first Universal Credit payment and this will benefit the average household by around £160″.

Step in right direction following RLA win on APA’s earlier this year

Earlier this year, the RLA secured a big win on Universal Credit, when the Government announced that it was making changes to Alternative Payment Arrangements that will make it easier for landlords to receive direct payments. This something that the RLA had campaigned extensively for.

Are you a landlord with experiences and opinions on Universal Credit and welfare? The RLA is keen to hear from you. Have your say in our latest Quarterly Survey HERE.

Find out more
  • The RLA runs a Universal Credit course where landlords can learn more about the system before the Full Service is rolled out to their area later on in 2018.
  • The RLA also offer a guide on Universal Credit, which can be accessed on the website.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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