#5WeeksTooLong: Ask the Chancellor to end the five week wait

There's a five week wait for Universal Credit because the government designed it that way. Here’s a chance for you to help to convince them to change it.

The Conservative's election manifesto committed them to doing "more to make sure that Universal Credit works for the most vulnerable."

On 11 March, Chancellor Sajid Javid can ensure funds are available to do that when he sets out the government’s tax and spending plans in his first Budget.

You can find out about the Chancellor and budget procedure in this FAQ.

How you can have your say

The Chancellor is asking the public ideas ahead of the Budget. We've already submitted our response calling for an end to the five-week wait but it's vital that he also hears from those who see first-hand the effects of Universal Credit in communities accross the UK.

Use this form to ask the Chancellor to the end the five-week wait.It's important that is in your own words, based on your own experiences of what does and doesn't work in your area, and evidence through stories/case studies of people you help who are struggling under Universal Credit. This is why we have left the message section and subject line blank.

If you would like to speak to a member of our team for advice on your message, please do contact us at action@trusselltrust.org

The Chancellor is accepting ideas for the Budget until 7 February 2020, at which point this action will be closed. All submissions will be sent straight to the budget consultation as individual responses.

What we are calling for

The Chancellor could end the five-week wait by providing non-repayable grants to new Universal Credit claimants, rather than loans (or Advance Payments).

If not, then he should make sure people are empowered to take control of their finances by:

  • Giving people control of their payments by making it easy to make payments fortnightly, or directly to a landlord, and by automatically splitting payments for couples.
  • Making non-repayable grants available for people with disabilities and those on the lowest incomes.
  • Allowing people who need it the time and space to get their finances under control.

You can find out more in our Budget submission, based on what we have seen and heard from the network, and from the State of Hunger research. 


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