Anger as DWP scraps automatic Universal Credit claim backdating system – Chronicle Live


A new change to the Universal Credit system has caused outrage.

Ministers are demanding an urgent review after automatic start-date protections have been scrapped by the DWP.

Thousands of vulnerable people are said to be suffering financially because the system no longer automatically backdates claims from when someone started their application, BirminghamLive reports.

Under previous rules, benefits would be calculated from the date an application began but with UC the start date is apparently only protected if a claimant turns up in person to a jobcentre when they apply.

Bob Doris, convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee, has now written to Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd about “the retrograde step for claimants” and demanded an urgent review of the change, which is believed to affect claimants across the UK.

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One thought on “Anger as DWP scraps automatic Universal Credit claim backdating system – Chronicle Live

  1. This is a disgraceful state of affairs, why should there be a difference in applying at the Job Centre and the other methods.

    The DWP needs to immediately reintroduce that the benefit claim starts on the date of applying and then once granted the start date be bakdated to that start date.

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