'Nothing to gain' with Universal Credit

Ministers are overstating the generosity of Universal Credit, with most families gaining nothing from the benefit, a new report has claimed.

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Government: Welfare reforms simplify complexities

The Department for Work and Pensions has responded to claims that families will not gain from Universal Credit.

It said that welfare reforms "improve the lives of some of the poorest families", and that Universal Credit simplified the "complex myriad of benefits".

The benefits system this Government inherited was broken, trapping the very people it was designed to help into cycles of worklessness and welfare dependency. The simpler Universal Credit will make it easier for people to move off benefits and into work and will ensure work always pays.

– Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson

'Nine out of ten' will gain nothing from Universal Credit

Nine out of ten families will gain nothing overall from the introduction of Universal Credit, with any benefits offset by recent social security cuts, a report has found.

It said that the process will be made more complicated by requiring people to claim online and make joint claims with their partners.

Universal Credit is not bad in principle, but taken together with the other benefit changes introduced by the Government, it will make most people worse off.

For all the claims of simplicity, in practice it is such a complex system that the Government has been forced to delay its roll-out.

We are also concerned at the impact Universal Credit will have on disabled workers, as well as its plans to take away benefits from second earners as soon as they find work.

– Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary

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Ministers 'overstate' generosity of Universal Credit

Ministers are overstating the generosity of Universal Credit, with most families gaining nothing from the benefit, a new report has claimed.

The new single benefit payment, now being trialled in parts of the country before being introduced across the UK, is in danger of failing to deliver on its key objectives, the TUC and Child Poverty Action Group said.

Universal Credit will replace other benefits such as jobseeker's allowance and income support Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The two groups admitted that Universal Credit will improve some aspects of the benefits system.

However it added that its ability to lift families out of poverty and remove barriers to working will be "severely undermined" by the Government's wider tax credit and benefit changes.

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