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Work and Pensions Committee seeks evidence on the effect of the five week wait

The Work and Pensions Committee, under its new Chair, Stephen Timms MP, has launched an inquiry into Universal Credit, in particular, focussing on the effect and consequences to claimants of the five-week wait for first payment.

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In its announcement of the inquiry, the committee said there is no overall consensus over what should be done about the five-week wait for a first Universal Credit payment. Some of the options suggested include:

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