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House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee: Universal Credit and domestic abuse

The Work and Pensions Committee have published a report on Universal Credit and domestic abuse. The Committee recommends that:

  • The Government set out in response to this report its timescales for producing the draft Domestic Abuse Bill and connected legislation
  • The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – in collaboration with specialist domestic abuse organisations like Women’s Aid – design a specific training module for Work Coaches
  • Every Jobcentre Plus be required to appoint a domestic abuse specialist, building on and enhancing the existing disability and self-employment specialist model
  • The DWP provide a private room in every Jobcentre and ensure each partner has access to their own, private, communication log with their Work Coach
  • The DWP publish all existing data on split payments
  • The DWP gives serious consideration to any changes, such as split payments, which might offer some protection to survivors of abuse
  • Where claimants have dependent children, the entire Universal Credit payment should be made to the main carer by default

Read the full report here.

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