Universal Credit: Benefits Rules

(asked on 20th September 2022) - View Source

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason her Department decided not to carry over linking rules to the Universal Credit system.


Answered by
Victoria Prentis Portrait
Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
This question was answered on 28th September 2022

No assessment has been made of the potential merits of introducing linking rules to Universal Credit.

Linking rules were not carried over into Universal Credit. This is because Universal Credit is a separate, simplified benefit system. Instead, each Universal Credit claim is assessed. However, Universal Credit does have a reclaims process, which provides a simple route back onto Universal Credit for claimants who experience a short break in entitlement. This process also reduces the administrative burden on claimants and encourages them to increase their earnings and protects them in periods of reduced employment.

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