Backbench Tories hint at significant universal credit climbdown

MPs suggest six-week wait for first benefit payment could be reduced to a month despite May’s insistence system is working

The government is edging closer to a major U-turn on the universal credit benefits system, it has been claimed, as Conservative backbench critics of the policy said that they had been assured the government was listening to their concerns.

In what would mark a significant climbdown, Tory MPs hinted that the six-week wait for the benefit to be first paid could be reduced to a month despite Theresa May’s insistence on Wednesday that “it is a system that is working”.

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