Scottish Conservative MSP, Jeremy Balfour, has praised the Department for Work and Pensions for their hard work during this busy period.
The DWP have released statistics showing that 30th and 31st March 2020 have been the busiest days in terms of claims for Universal Credit since the social security payment was introduced, with over 135,000 new claims being made over the two days.
Nine out of ten eligible claims were paid in full on time. For much of the remaining 10 percent who were not paid on time, it was a case of more details being required from the claimant (e.g. correct bank number).
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the UK, around 1.8 million Universal Credit claims have been made and almost 700,000 people have received advance payments.
Commenting, Lothian MSP, Jeremy Balfour said:
“The DWP are without doubt under significant pressure right now due to the current health crisis resulting in financial insecurity for so many people.
“However, they have been rising to the challenge well and these statistics highlight the efficiency with which they have responded to Universal Credit claims, often being able to provide advance payments for claimants.
“Of course, it is down heartening that there are so many people struggling financially at this time, but it is encouraging that, thanks to the DWP, people are receiving the support that they require.”