Date lodged: 5 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what information it has (a) requested and (b) received from the Department for Work and Pensions regarding how many people have requested (i) twice-monthly and (ii) direct payments for rent and services under the Universal Credit (Claims and Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 18 December 2017
The Scottish Universal Credit choices were made available to new claims in full service areas from 4 October. Eligible people are offered the new choices in the second assessment period, and therefore 16 November was the first date, following their introduction on 4 October, that the offer could be made to residents in Scotland.
As part of the Scottish Government’s Working Level Agreement with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for the delivering of the Scottish Universal Credit choices, the DWP will provide management information on the number of people who have requested twice monthly and direct payment of their housing cost element of their Universal Credit award to their landlord. We expect to receive the first tranche of management information from the DWP by end December 2017.