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Continue the roll-out of Universal Credit

Last updated: 05:19pm 8 March 2019

We have no plans for further radical welfare reform in this parliament and will continue the roll-out of Universal Credit, to ensure that it always pays to be in work.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.54

Our verdict

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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