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To: The UK Government

End the 5 week wait for Universal Credit during Coronavirus

End the 5 week wait for Universal Credit during Coronavirus

Make the “advance payment” for Universal Credit a grant not a loan - so that people get the money they need, when they need it, without being pushed into debt.

Why is this important?

Hundreds of thousands of people - who have lost their jobs or had their hours reduced due to Coronavirus - are now being forced to claim Universal Credit in order to feed their families and keep a roof over their head. But instead of being able to get the help they need immediately, they are forced to wait for 5 weeks before they can get any money, or take out a loan called an “advanced payment” to tide them over.

It means families will have to choose between going into debt and having smaller benefits payments in the coming months, or waiting over a month for money they need to pay for food, bills and rent.

It doesn’t have to be like this. In this time of national crisis, the government could choose to end the 5 week wait by making the “advance payment” for Universal Credit a grant not a loan. This would mean families get the money they need straight away, and their full universal credit payment in the following months. MPs and experts are calling on them to do exactly this. Huge public pressure could be enough to push them to do the right thing.

Will you sign the petition so that people get the money they need, when they need it, without being pushed into debt?

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Reasons for signing

  • I think by sanctioning it will cause a lot of problems that actually can’t help but be in benefits, this is an absolute joke if this happens I for one will be stuck, never been late before but what happens if there is a genuine reason ie illness etc Government is all wrong making the poorer poorer and the richer richer 😡 do the right thing!
  • People need help now not in five weeks, especially if they have children
  • Five weeks is a long time to try and explain to your children that there is nothing to eat.

Updates

2020-04-13 11:10:13 +0100

50,000 signatures reached

2020-04-03 17:20:46 +0100

20,000 signatures reached

2020-04-03 16:13:51 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2020-04-03 15:28:35 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2020-04-01 17:07:42 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-04-01 15:49:38 +0100

500 signatures reached

2020-04-01 15:20:56 +0100

100 signatures reached

2020-04-01 15:18:31 +0100

50 signatures reached

2020-04-01 15:17:47 +0100

25 signatures reached

2020-04-01 15:17:20 +0100

10 signatures reached