Comparing investment in Universal Credit work allowances and taper rate

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
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10 September 2018
Social Policy, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Families
Social welfare
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This analysis looks at different ways of boosting the budgets of low-income working households claiming Universal Credit (UC). It compares investing £1 billion in increasing the work allowances (the amount that can be earned before UC starts to be withdrawn – similar to a personal tax allowance) and investing £1 billion in lowering the taper (the speed with which UC is withdrawn once earnings exceed the work allowance – similar to a tax rate).

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