According to DWP figures, at least 365,000 advance payments have now been processed during the crisis – providing money for those who need it during the five-week wait for their first payment.
Following the Secretary of State’s interview on BBC Breakfast, Stephen Timms, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, spoke to Victoria Derbyshire about the figures.
When asked whether he thought the system was coping well in the unprecedented times, he replied: “The IT has coped and that is a good thing and I think the Department is entitled to be pleased about that because it could have collapsed under the weight of applications.
“The big question in my mind is are people who are asking for an advance, who need money urgently, are they getting it urgently or not?
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