Significantly worse off claiming UC than JSA

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

If a single person works two weeks full time out of four weeks they are significantly worse off financially claiming Universal Credit (UC) than they would have been claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and Housing Benefit (HB).

Please provide all documents that show that people working full time and claiming UC, but on temporary contracts, are significantly worse off financially than they were under the old system of JSA/HB. UC calculates and spreads income over a monthly basis, whereas JSA calculates and spreads income over a weekly basis. UC is therefore fundamentally unfair because of this monthly income spread - two weeks pay from work has to last four weeks under UC, with almost nothing being given in UC to live on for the remaining two weeks of the month.

Yours faithfully,

M Boyce

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