Thousands of Brits who fell victim to Universal Credit fraud could be put BACK on old system, Government admits

BRITS who fell victim to a Universal Credit fraud might be put back on the old benefits system, the Government has admitted.

Earlier this week it was revealed millions had been claimed after victims were scammed by criminals applying for the new system on their behalf and then pocketing the advance cash.

 Brits who were tricked into applying for Universal Credit may be able to get back on the old system


Brits who were tricked into applying for Universal Credit may be able to get back on the old systemCredit: Alamy

Fraudsters have been making bogus claims – with one saying Harry Kane was their landlord and another mum who claimed to have six blind children.

Brits can get up to 100 per cent of their advance claim ahead of time to stop them having to wait five weeks for their claim to be processed – but it then has to be paid back over the course of a year.

Often the victim only found out about the fraud when they received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to say they were signed up to Universal Credit and that their other existing benefits, such as tax credits, would be stopped.

Tens of millions have reported to have been stolen in the scam, the BBC revealed.

But the DWP said there were only a “very small number of cases”.

Earlier this week Tory leadership rivals Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt both vowed to keep the controversial Universal Credit system – but the latter hinted he could cut the five-week wait for cash.

 Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt both promised to keep Universal Credit


Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt both promised to keep Universal CreditCredit: Rex Features

The Sun wants to Make Universal Credit Work

UNIVERSAL Credit replaces six benefits with a single monthly payment.

One million people are already receiving it and by the time the system is fully rolled out in 2023, nearly 7 million will be on it.

But there are big problems with the flagship new system – it takes 5 weeks to get the first payment and it could leave some families worse off by thousands of pounds a year.

And while working families can claim back up to 85 per cent of their childcare costs, they must find the money to pay for childcare upfront – we’ve heard of families waiting up to 6 months for the money.

Working parents across the country told us they’ve been unable to take on more hours – or have even turned down better paid jobs or more hours because of the amount their benefits would be cut by.

It’s time to Make Universal Credit work. We want the Government to:

  1. Get paid faster: The Government must slash the time Brits wait for their first Universal Credit payments from five to two weeks, helping stop 7 million from being pushed into debt.
  2. Keep more of what you earn: The work allowance should be increased and the taper rate should be slashed from 63p to 50p, helping at least 4 million families.
  3. Don’t get punished for having a family: Parents should get the 85 per cent of the money they can claim for childcare upfront instead of being paid in arrears.

Together, these changes will help Make Universal Credit Work.

Join our Universal Credit Facebook group or email UniversalCredit@the-sun.co.uk to share your story. 

The news comes today as MPs demand that the wait for Universal Credit be slashed down to one week.

The government should also be more flexible when it comes to calculating and paying the benefit to avoid households being thrown into chaos due to fluctuating payments, Frank Field and Heidi Allen said in a new report.

The DWP say no one needs to wait a total of five weeks as advances are available to help, even though they are repaid.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt vow to keep Universal Credit but Jeremy Hunt hints he could scrap five week wait

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