People claiming universal credit must be compensated after judgement, says UNISON

The government must compensate those who have lost out

Responding to today’s High Court ruling that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been wrongly interpreting universal credit regulations, UNISON’s general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“This has been a problem from the start. The way universal credit is calculated means that some people have been hundreds of pounds out of pocket.

“Now the High Court has ruled that the way universal credit is calculated is flawed, the government must compensate those who have lost out substantially as a result.”

Notes to editors
– Universal credit is paid monthly in arrears based on a calendar month assessment period.

– UNISON’s report Creating Chaos in Family Finances showed that people were finding their universal credit payments suddenly stopped completely or fell dramatically simply because of the way they were paid.