Training materials for universal credit calculation - automated or clerical

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

In your Annual Report and Accounts 2021 - 22 you confirmed you had automated the 'insertion of deductions and how deductions are allocated in cases with multiple or shared debts'. I am interested in which parts of the universal credit award calculation still remain manual and which bits have been fully automated.

1) Please provide a copy of the current training materials (powerpoint and notes/workbook etc) available to a UC decision maker or case manager which tell them which parts of the UC calculation currently need to be done manually,

2) Please provide a copy of the current training materials for performing each type of UC calculation that needs to be done manually,

Yours faithfully,

Rosie Mears

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