Universal Credit maintains tentative cross-party support, as implementation continues19 April 2015
Government figures have revealed that one per cent of benefit claimants are receiving Universal Credit (UC). Computerworld UK reports that the Department for Work and Pensions considers the roll-out to be on “on track” and “making good progress”.
The new benefit system replaces Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance. Following several setbacks, the implementation of Universal Credit has fallen behind schedule but is now operating to a revised timetable.
Chris Goulden of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has blogged about progress so far and what the party manifestos have promised for the future of Universal Credit. The benefits overhaul retains general cross-party support although Labour has said they will “pause and review the programme” should they win power. The Conservatives and Lib Dems remain committed to current plans, while the SNP wants to pause implementation until new welfare powers come to Scotland. The blog also goes on to discuss some of the implications for low paid workers and reducing poverty – Chris believes UC plays a crucial role but can’t tackle poverty on its own. Read the full blog here.