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Lords vote to delay introduction of waiting days for Universal Credit

The Housing Support Enabling Unit (HSEU) and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) last year responded to the Social Security Advisory Committee’s (SSAC) call for evidence into proposals that will mean certain Universal Credit claimants will have to wait for 7 days before they will be entitled to receive benefit payment.

The Westminster government subsequently rejected the SSAC’s recommendation not to proceed with the proposals and created new regulations – Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No.1362/2015) – to be implemented from 3 August 2015.

However, the House of Lords yesterday voted to delay the enactment of the Regulations until Universal Credit is fully rolled out. This means the issue will return to the House of Commons for further consideration.

The joint response from HSEU and SFHA had expressed concern over the likely deleterious effect that a 7 day waiting period will have on claimants and their families, as well as on the income stream and future capacity of housing associations to meet tenant need.

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