Six-week wait for universal credit set to be reduced

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Government preparing to trim wait for new benefit after Tory backbenchers raised concerns about impact on constituents

The government is preparing to confirm that it will cut the six-week waiting time for universal credit, caving in to Conservative backbench rebels.

After being promised concessions by ministers, a group of Tory MPs concerned about the impact of the delay on their constituents were persuaded not to vote against the government in a Labour-led debate on universal credit last month.

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