Universal Credit trial begins

The Government will launch the first pilot test of a new benefit system called Universal Credit in Ashton-under-Lyne today. It seeks to simplify the existing system by combining six benefits into one, but opponents say it is misleading.

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Labour: Coalition is making a 'complete hash' of welfare

Stephen Timms, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Timms has called the Government's welfare reforms a "damp squib".

Speaking to Daybreak he said: "This government is making a complete hash of introducing the new system, the computer system is nowhere near ready, we were promised a welfare revolution, what we're actually getting today is a damp squib, a tiny number of people being affected."

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