Analysis and action on living standards
Universal Credit represents the most significant transformation of our welfare system, merging six separate in and out of work benefits into one. While the principles of simplification and making work pay are widely supported, questions remain about UC’s ability to deliver on these original intentions. Some of the initial policy choices made about UC, coupled with subsequent revisions over the last few years, have led to concerns that the incentive to get into work and then progress is being blunted. However, much of the current debate on UC relates to IT and implementation challenges rather than these underlying policy choices.
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