Universal Credit

The Work and Pensions Committee has warned of potential “disastrous” consequences for disabled people, including disabled children, and the services that support them in the transition to Universal Credit as currently planned.

Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Chair of the Committee, said: 

The Work and Pensions Committee has published its review of Universal Support, the programme of support available to claimants of Universal Credit.

It says the Government "must not proceed" with moving existing benefit claimants onto Universal Credit until "a new, flexible, discretionary approach to debt management, drawing on best practice in the retail sector" is in place - and working. The Department is currently planning to start moving claimants over from mid-2019. 

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Universal Credit, Permitted Work
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Research

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) have published Universal Credit for single disabled people which shows how single disabled people are up to £300 worse off every month when they transfer to Universal Credit due to the different income rules.

CAB worked with their advisers and other disability and health charities to identify areas where Universal Credit improves support for disabled people, has reduced support compared to the legacy system, and may generate unintended consequences as this group of people continue to move on to the new benefit.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Benefit Sanctions, Universal Credit
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Report

A joint team from 6 universities has published the final findings of the Welfare Conditionality project (2013-2018). It presents analysis on the effectiveness, impacts and ethics of welfare conditionality, and the sanctions and mandatory support that underpin this approach.

Publisher: 
Commissions & Regulatory Organisations
Topics: 
Universal Credit
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Report

The National Audit Office has published a report looking at the roll-out of Universal Credit. It casts doubt on whether the new benefit is offering value for money and recognises the hardships that many claimants are experiencing.

 

Content and scope of the report

In order to assess the value for money of the Department’s introduction of Universal Credit, we consider:

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Universal Credit
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Research

DWP has published a research report on a survey of Universal Credit claimants. It makes for difficult reading with particular problems around levels of debt and the accesibility of digital technology..

 

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