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12 January, 2021 Open access

DWP confirms that it has no plans to suspend repayments of universal credit advances and sanctions for claimants during current Covid-19 lockdown

However, Minister also assures parliament that work coaches will work with claimants to ensure that claimant commitments allow them 'to continue to adhere to Covid-19 public health advice'

DWP Minister Will Quince has confirmed that the DWP has no plans to suspend repayments of universal credit advances and sanctions for claimants during the national Covid-19 lockdown that was announced on 4 January 2021.

Responding yesterday to a written question in parliament, Mr Quince said -

'There are no plans to introduce suspension of a) a repayment of UC advances and b) sanctions.

Work coaches will work with claimants to ensure claimant commitments are reasonable for claimants’ circumstances, and allow them to continue to adhere to Covid-19 public health advice.'

Mr Quince's written answer is available from parliament.uk