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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".
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.
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.
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.