Universal Credit: Refugees:Written question - HL13023

Asked on: 22 January 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Refugees
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation in the report by the British Red Cross Still an Ordeal: the move on period for refugees, published on 6 December 2018, to allow refugees who do not have a bank account to use the existing asylum support payment (ASPEN) card for their first Universal Credit payment.
Answered by: Baroness Buscombe
Answered on: 04 February 2019

Those who do not have a bank account, including refugees, can have their Universal Credit award paid through a Post Office Card Account, or alternatively payments can be made into someone else’s bank account. Payments can also be made using the Government Payment Exception Service.

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