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The new benefit has a five-week waiting time built in which means anyone claiming today will not get support until the New Year. Ten thousand Scots will be left penniless at Christmas after being transferred to Universal Credit. The new benefit has a five-week waiting time built into the system which means anyone claiming today will not get support until the New Year. Universal Credit, which bundles six old benefits together, is being rolled out across Scotland. The UK Government claimed it would "simplify" payments and guide people into work. But Scottish Government Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said the switch-over will leave thousands of new claimants with no income over the festive period.