How to fix Universal Credit
Blogs | 07/11/18
The roll out of Universal Credit has been back in the news, and, as has sadly become the norm, the story was not a positive one.
While the principle of a simplified welfare system that tackles the ‘benefit trap’ (very high marginal rates of tax as someone moves from benefits into work), is difficult to argue against, the problems surrounding UC are significant and well documented; delayed payments leading to destitution, government ministers admitting that many people – already on low incomes – could be up to £2,000 a year worse off, and an ever-growing bill to try and fix a system where the design flaws become more apparent with every passing month.
Of course, the deployment of Universal Credit is only one – highly important – part of a systemic set of challenges to incomes in the UK.