Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Impact of Covid-19 on Universal Credit claims revealed

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Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey today published a range of Management Information highlighting the impact the Covid-19 crisis has had on the number of claims to Universal Credit (UC).

Commenting on the figures, Minster Hargey told Newry Times, “The number of claims to Universal Credit during this crisis has been unprecedented and demonstrate the scale of the issues people are facing surrounding work.



“From the start of this crisis, my priority has been to ensure that the most vulnerable and those most in need across our society receive all the support and financial help that is available to them.

“The huge increase in claims to UC since the beginning of this crisis show the scale of job losses here, nowhere has been left untouched.



“This has had a terrible impact on people’s lives.”

The Minister continued, “Despite these unprecedented numbers, my Department was able to make 99.1% of all payments due over that period on time.



“I am very proud of the work my staff are doing and would like to thank them again for the way they have responded to this increase in work, at a time when they themselves have had to adjust to the necessary measures we have introduced to ensure they are protected as key workers.”

The Minister added, “My Department will continue to do all it can to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and I remain determined to ensure that those most affected continue to receive all the support they are entitled to.” 



The Management Information on the impact of Covid-19 on Universal Credit claims can be found at


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