Work and Pensions Committee

Universal Credit inquiry

Inquiry status: open - accepting written submissions

There are two different ways you can submit to this inquiry on Universal Credit and domestic abuse:

Share your story anonymously

If you have experienced domestic abuse whilst on Universal Credit, or are currently claiming tax credits and concerned about transitioning onto single payments under UC we would like to hear from you via our online form. All comments will be kept anonymous, and will not be published on our webpage.

New call for written submissions

This new call for written submissions aims to consider the effects of single household payments in Universal Credit on survivors of domestic and financial abuse. Particularly, the Committee would like to hear about how easy it is for survivors of abuse to access separate payments and possible recommendations for improvement

The Committee welcomes written submissions on any or all of the following questions.

Who is affected

  • What is the nature and scale of the issue?
  • Are some groups of claimants more likely to be affected? How can this be addressed?

Requests for separate payments

  • How could access to separate payments be made easier for victims of domestic abuse?
  • How should separate payments be explained to the non-requesting partner? Should they be able to request a return to joint payments?
  • What process could be put in place to ensure claimants who request separate payments are protected from further harm?
  • Should there be a time limit on separate payments? If so, what kind of timeframe should that be?

Prevention of financial abuse

  • Should Jobcentre staff pro-actively offer separate payments? In what circumstances would this be appropriate?
  • What more could be done to protect disabled claimants from financial abuse under UC?
  • Are proposals to make payments separate by default a good idea? How should payments be split?

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Next meeting(s)

There are currently no public meetings scheduled.

Share your story anonymously

If you have experienced domestic abuse whilst on Universal Credit, or are currently claiming tax credits and concerned about transitioning onto single payments under UC we would like to hear from you via our online form. All comments will be kept anonymous, and will not be published on our webpage.

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