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.
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 'a kick in the teeth for workers'
Liam Byrne MP, Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has said that Universal Credit is a “kick in the teeth for workers."
He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme:
The way it's been designed means that about two million people who are in work will actually see the amount of help they get they get cut.
The way Universal Credit is being delivered is actually going to lock in a kind of strivers' tax for working people.
Mr Byrne also warned that the payment of the benefit in one go at the end of the month could mean families get "pushed under".
If you are saying to people we are only going to pay you in arrears and you are going to have to wait until the end of the month to get anything, there are some really live risks that lots and lots of families are just going to be pushed under.