Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Policy Briefing: Universal Credit - is it worth it?

Thu Jan 08 13:31:00 GMT 2015

In November 2010 the government published Universal Credit: welfare that works , which set out proposals for a radical shake-up of benefits and tax credits for people of working age. The heart of the proposal was to replace six existing means-tested benefits and tax credits (Jobseeker’s Allowance, Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Employment and Support Allowance and Income Support) with a single system and one monthly payment.

Universal Credit was opened for new claims by single people in the north-west of England in April 2013. By November 2014 around 36,000 people had made a claim for Universal Credit and almost 18,000 people were in receipt. This is less than half of one per cent of the number of people currently receiving the benefits and tax credits that will be replaced. To be fair the roll-out is intended to take place over time.

But this is still less than five per cent of the current target of 500,000 recipients by April 2016.

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