Universal Credit and Domestic Abuse Inquiry

Date Posted: Tuesday 1st May 2018

Submission to the Work and Pensions Select Committee (May 2018)

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On 18 April 2018, the Work and Pensions Committee held a one-off evidence session on the potential impact of the way Universal Credit must be paid as a single payment to a household, rather than to individual claimants, on survivors of domestic abuse.

The Women’s Budget Group welcomed the opportunity to give oral evidence to the Committee’s Inquiry. Marilyn Howard, Research Associate at the University of Bristol and WBG member, spoke as a witness. You can read a transcript of the oral evidence that Marilyn gave, here.

As well as providing oral evidence on the day, the WBG also submitted written evidence to support their arguments. A copy of the initial written evidence that was provided can be viewed here.

Following the Inquiry, the WBG submitted supplementary written evidence, which aims to give additional information on some of the issues raised; reactions to the Secretary of State’s statement on this issue to the Scottish Social Security Committee; responses the Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance’s letter to the Chair to the Committee; and the further evidence session on 24 April.

You can read the supplementary written evidence submitted in full, here.

More information about the inquiry can be found on the Parliament website.

The full report, which has now been published by the Department of Work and Pensions, is available via their website.