Home UK News Almost half a million new benefits claims in nine days

Almost half a million new benefits claims in nine days

Many of the claims are from self-employed workers who are waiting for the government to announce additional support for them.

Almost half a million new benefits claims have been received by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in the past nine days alone, MPs have been told.

Department for work and pensions

An unprecedented 477,000 applications have been “processed” since last Tuesday, with 105,000 of these made yesterday alone by people facing uncertainty due to coronavirus.

Therese Coffey, the welfare secretary, said the benefits system was facing surging demand from those facing financial hardship, including the self-employed who are waiting to hear what additional support is available from the chancellor.

She told the Commons Welfare Committee: “The universal credit system is ready to take that, help them through the safety net of the welfare state.

“In the past nine days we have processed around half a million claims.”

Those claiming universal credit must have their circumstances, including their rent and how many children they have, verified by a DWP adviser and then face a five-week wait for their first payment.

Benjamin Talbot
Benjamin Talbot
I love all things news, tech and health. I'll do everything I can to provide my readers with the latest news and most exclusive stories possible!

Breaking News Today is a small UK business struggling to stay afloat during COVID lockdown. If you enjoyed this article or found it useful please subscribe to all of our social media outlets.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay Connected


Must Read

Major incident in Bournemouth as thousands of people flock to beaches

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council says it is "absolutely appalled" at the scenes, with local MP saying that the crowds were the...

Rebecca Long-Bailey sacked as shadow Education Secretary

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has fired Rebecca Long-Bailey from the party's shadow cabinet In a newspaper interview, Labour-supporting...

25% of furloughed workers ‘could lose their jobs in September’

Around 25% of all workers who have been put on the government's furlough scheme, could be facing unemployment when the government ends...

22 police officers injured and cars smashed after Brixton street party

22 police officers have been injured, and police cars have been vandalised during "significant disorder" following a street party that took place...