The scale of change that Universal Credit is bringing to our welfare system means that the rollout was always going to bring to light implementation challenges. These need to be addressed, but we also need to focus on the bigger question of how Universal Credit measures up against the big labour market challenges Britain faces today.
Does Universal Credit still make work pay? Does it help or hinder people’s chances of escaping low pay? And which groups fare better or worse compared to the tax credit system it replaces?
At an event at its headquarters the Resolution Foundation presented the findings from new research on what Universal Credit does for people’s work incentives and progression opportunities. Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams offered her take on UC, followed by an expert panel discussion and audience Q&A.