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Social Security Benefits: Temporary Accommodation

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 166513, tabled on 10 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people in receipt of income-based jobseekers allowance who are unable to migrate to Universal Credit as they are living in temporary accommodation.

Answered on

15 March 2021

Claimants on income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance can make a claim for Universal Credit if they believe that they will be better off. Claimants should check carefully their eligibility and entitlements under Universal Credit before applying as legacy benefits will end when claimants submit their claim and they will not be able to return to them in the future.

Claimants that are living in temporary accommodation can continue to receive housing support through Housing Benefit alongside Universal Credit.