Universal Credit is a benefits system that replaces previous welfare benefits such as the housing benefit, jobseeker’s allowance and child tax credit. It is still being rolled out across the UK since it was introduced in 2013 under the coalition government. Universal Credit was announced in 2010 and was designed to “to simplify the benefit system and improve work incentives.”
It’s far to say that Universal Credit has encountered significant problems since it’s inception and, partly to address the issues that have been raised, it is not expected to be fully operational until December 2023.
So, is the government continuing to roll out Universal Credit? In short, yes. As you’ll see from the roll-out schedule, the Universal Credit system is being made available to more and more local authorities each month. If the roll-out stops because the government decides to replace Universal Credit with another system, that would constitute a ‘broken’ promise. But for now, given the roll-out is continuing as planned, this policy is ‘done’.
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- Universal credit rollout delayed yet again – BBC
- What is universal credit – and what’s the problem? – BBC
- Universal Credit – What Universal Credit is – Gov.uk
- How to claim Universal Credit: step by step – Gov.uk
- Universal Credit transition to full service – Gov.uk
- Push back to full roll out of Universal Credit – 24housing