Universal credit claims have soared to over 400,000 within the early days of the coronavirus lockdown Prime Minister Boris Johnson was compelled to impose to decelerate the unfold of the lethal virus. Claimants lamented the lack of the system to deal with the rising variety of requests regardless of the Division of Works and Pensions insisting the appliance system is agile sufficient to deal with the demand. However Work and Pensions Committee chair Stephen Timms highlighted one other concern with the system has emerged as its deadly flaw.
Throughout a grilling of Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey, the Labour MP mentioned: “The Conservative member for Waveney referred to the five-week delay within the Home final week as, and I quote, ‘the deadly flaw’ in Common Credit score.
“Do you perceive the purpose that he’s making?”
Ms Coffey acknowledged the declare made by colleague Peter Aldous within the Commons final week however mentioned she didn’t agree along with his evaluation.
The Tory frontbencher mentioned: “I recognise why he says that.
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“He’s my parliamentary neighbour, I do know the communities he serves, we truly share a district council.
“However I don’t agree with my honourable pal.”
Ms Coffey confirmed 477,000 individuals have utilized for common credit score over the previous few days and admitted the lengthy queues going through candidates have been the results of the Authorities making an attempt to make sure bots didn’t lodge a declare.
BBC Newsnight’s Lewis Goodall reported a rising quantity of people that misplaced their job within the early levels of the coronavirus outbreak at the moment are struggling to use for common credit score as a result of jammed cellphone traces.
Writing on Twitter, Mr Goodall mentioned: “Listening to increasingly more from laid-off individuals telling me they’ll’t full their Common Credit score software as a result of the cellphone traces are jammed. A few candidates have instructed me they’ve been making an attempt on and off for per week and had no luck.”
Common Credit score is scheduled to extend by £1,000 in April 2020, following the tip of the advantages freeze.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak final week introduced emergency measures to extend the cost quantity amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The rise within the cost will final for the subsequent 12 months, the Chancellor introduced.
Talking throughout a press convention on Friday, Mr Sunak mentioned: “To strengthen the protection web, I am growing at the moment, the Common Credit score customary allowance for the subsequent 12 months, by £1,000 a 12 months.
“For the subsequent 12 months, I am growing the Working Tax Credit score fundamental component by the identical quantity as properly.
“Collectively these measures will profit over 4 million of our most susceptible households.”