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Universal Credit is the biggest welfare reform in a generation, rolling six key benefits into one monthly payment. The design, generosity and implementation of Universal Credit have huge living standards implications for millions of low and middle income households. Our work assesses Universal Credit in terms of its impact on incomes, work incentives and its fit with the lives of claimants and the changing nature of the labour market.

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Karl Handscomb

Senior Economist
T: +44 (0) 203 372 2906
E: karl.handscomb@resolutionfoundation.org

Mike Brewer

Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Economist
T: +44 (0) 203 372 2907
E: mike.brewer@resolutionfoundation.org
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From The safety net in action? Universal Credit’s role in the crisis and the recovery

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We often have more questions submitted for our event Q&A sessions than we’re able to answer. Where this is the case, we’ll endeavour to respond to a selection of the…
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This time is different – Universal Credit’s first recession

Assessing the welfare system and its effect on living standards during the coronavirus epidemic

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When the UK went into lockdown, Universal Credit faced an unprecedented surge in claims. This report assesses how the system coped, how families on UC are managing, and what the…
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The safety net in action?

Universal Credit’s role in the crisis and the recovery

Universal Credit (UC) has been rolled-out very slowly since 2015. But that all changed when coronavirus struck. Since mid-March over two million new claims have been made, a surge far…
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No work, no pay

Supporting unemployed people through coronavirus

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This recession is a labour market recession, with the public health response to coronavirus swiftly shutting down employment-heavy sectors of the economy. Although the Government has rightly committed billions of…
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The long and winding road

The introduction and impact of Universal Credit in Liverpool City Region and the UK

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Universal Credit (UC) – the fundamental re-design of Britain’s welfare system involving merging six benefits into one – is an enormous undertaking. This report reviews both the national UC picture…
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The child poverty crisis needs pushing up the agenda in Britain’s ‘Brexit’ election

None of the main party manifestos will end child poverty

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Both the main parties have learnt lessons from the 2017 election. The Conservatives have learnt not to scare the horses with big new policies. Their 2019 manifesto is very much…
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The shifting shape of social security

Charting the changing size and shape of the British welfare system

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Voters face a stark choice in the 2019 election about the social security system they want. This report examines how the provision of social security in Britain has changed; the…
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A fraying net

The role of a state safety net in supporting young people develop and transition to an independent, healthy future

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This report reviews the state-provided financial safety net available to young adults, and how it has changed over time. It finds that young people have always relied more on benefits…
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