https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46834533 Well good for them. Basically I have no issue with Universal Credit as a concept of a means-tested benefit, rolling six separate benefits into one payment. It can, and should, make benefits payment simpler for the government and the claimant and should cost less to administer. However, in its current form it simply isn't working, causing greater poverty and anxiety to some claimants and this should not be the case. The problem is that new claimants have to wait 35 days before receive their first payment (four weeks to assess the last month's earnings plus a further week to process the payment). For some that leaves them without any money for an extended period of time. Maybe a 'starter payment' which can be adjusted later if needed? The sooner it gets a radical overhaul the better.