More than 135,000 new Universal Credit applications were made on 30th and 31st March 2020. These claimants receive their first payment on Wednesday 6th May 2020
93% of eligible claims have been paid in full. The DWP indicate that others not paid is often due to needing more information, such as a correct bank number. DWP will contact claimants to fill in any blanks.
Since the #coronavirus pandemic began, around 1.8 million claims have been made to Universal Credit and 700,000 advance payments made.
Secretary of State Therese Coffey:
Five weeks ago today, more than 135,000 people made a claim to Universal Credit in just over 48 hours – more than we usually have a month.
Our hero workforce here at Department for Work and Pensions has been working flat out to process claims. Just this week we are paying more than £200 million to around 300,000 households who made their claim at the end of March.
The system has proved itself in the face of unprecedented demand over the last few weeks and scrutiny over the last few years.