Positive News about Universal Credit

October 17, 2018


Yesterday in the House I updated Ministers from the Department for Work and Pensions on Mansfield's roll-out of Universal Credit and confirmed that contrary to some reports, over 1m disabled people will see their monthly incomes INCREASE under the new benefit.


Universal Credit simplifies six benefits down in to one, makes the processes much simpler and removes many of the barriers to work that existed under the previous system (for example rules that meant you lost earnings if you worked more than 16 hours a week will no longer exist). Figures already show that claimants on UC are more likely to find work and keep it than under the old system.


A month in to Mansfield's roll-out the Job Centre tell me they are happy with the way things are going and, though they do obviously have vulnerable clients coming on to the new simplified benefit, they are managing to support those clients effectively.

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