A lot can happen in 6 weeks

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If you didn't have any money coming in for six weeks, could you and your family cope? Would you be able to pay the rent, the supermarket trip, the school meals?

Under Universal Credit, a family where a parent loses their job and applies for support from benefits to tide them over will be left without any support for six weeks. That's a long time to wait, particularly when money is already tight.

As part of our Make Universal Credit Fit for Families campaign, we're calling on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to drop the six week wait. 

Take action with us today.


Related Publication

OUT NOW - NEW Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook 2017/18Welfare Benefits & Tax Credits Handbook 2017-2018

Known as the 'adviser's bible' CPAG’s Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook is the essential and best-selling guide to all benefits and tax credits.

Our definitive guide to all benefits and tax credits is an essential resource for all professional advisers serious about giving the best and most accurate advice to their clients. 

With detailed information on all the recent changes to the social security system, including the latest on the roll-out of universal credit, the right to reside test and the sanctions regime, the Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook provides comprehensive advice about entitlement in 2017/18.

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Upcoming events for 2017

Two Child Limit – Implementation, Challenges and the Policy Context Two Child Limit – Implementation, Challenges and the Policy Context

London Thursday 22 June 2017 

This seminar will examine the two child limit in tax credits and means-tested benefits and its inevitable impact on child poverty.

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Welfare Rights Conference 2017Welfare Rights Conference 2017

Universal Credit – Understanding and Managing the Risks for Families 

Manchester Thursday 7 September 2017
London Thursday 14 September 2017

This year's conference focuses on the very real risks facing families as the roll out of Universal Credit continues.

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Some of our Training courses

Overpayment of benefit
Friday 23 June 2017, 10:00-16:30, London
£138 voluntary organisations, £195 statutory/other organisations, CPD hours: 5
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Personal independence payment
Monday 26 June 2017, 10:00-16:30, London
£138 voluntary organisations, £195 statutory/other organisations, CPD hours: 5
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Universal Credit: conditionality and sanctions (NEW)
Wednesday 28 June 2017, 10:00-16:30, London
£138 voluntary organisations, £195 statutory/other organisations, CPD hours: 5
More information - Book now

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