Universal Credit entitlement is calculated over monthly Assessment Periods (APs). Waiting Days are an initial period of non-entitlement, lasting for 7 days from the date of claim. A claim’s first AP would not begin until Waiting Days have been completed. Not all claimants will serve Waiting Days.
The benefit system is not intended to cover short gaps between jobs, or short periods of sickness. The application of Waiting Days within Universal Credit reflects this. This is similar to the application of Waiting Days within Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance.
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