The benefits of moving: managing the transition of existing claimants to Universal Credit

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Finch, David
Resolution Foundation
Date of publication
6 September 2018
Social Policy, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Employment
Social welfare
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When Universal Credit (UC) – the transformation of six in- and out-of-work benefits into a single scheme – was first mooted early in the 2010-15 parliament, it gained clear cross-party support.

Subsequent sharp cuts in the generosity of UC at Summer Budget 2015, and in the size of work allowances in particular, have acted to undermine the first of these advantages however. Previous Resolution Foundation research has shown that more working families with children will lose entitlement (1.8 million) than gain in UC (1.4 million) for instance, and that it does very little to improve financial incentives – particularly for single parents and for second earners.

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