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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.

Contacts

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
Publications

Safe harbour?

Six key welfare policy decisions to navigate this winter

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Despite the new Job Support Scheme, unemployment is set to rise substantially through the autumn and winter, as the Job Retention Scheme ends and the hospitality sector adjusts to new…
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Publications

Death by £1000 cuts?

The history, economics and politics of cutting benefits for millions of households next April

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The first Conservative Conference of a new parliament begins. It comes on the back of a surprisingly emphatic election win, but with rumblings beginning about the Chancellor’s plan to take…
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Comment

The UK should not weaken safety nets mid-storm

As more workers are laid-off this autumn, the grim reality of meagre support will become clear

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Resisting pressure to spend more on disadvantaged groups is seen as part of the job by battle-hardened officials in the UK Treasury. But stripping away benefit increases that have only…
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Comment

Any further questions?

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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Publications

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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Events

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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Publications

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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Publications

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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