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Universal Credit: a preliminary analysis

Briefing note

The government plans to redesign entirely the system of means-tested benefits and tax credits for working-age adults by replacing them all with a single benefit, known as Universal Credit, to be administered by the Department for Work and Pensions. This Briefing Note analyses Universal Credit as set out in the government's White Paper, Universal Credit: Welfare that Works. A Welfare Reform Bill is due to be published later in January 2011, and this should contain more details of how Universal Credit will operate.

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Journal article | Fiscal Studies, Vol. 33, No. 1, March 2012
Alongside a series of cuts that will reduce welfare spending by £18 billion per year by 2014–15, the UK government announced in November 2010 plans to integrate and simplify means-tested welfare benefits and in-work tax credits for working-age adults into a single programme, to be known as ...
Press release
The Universal Credit will dramatically change the welfare system for working-age adults. If successful, it will make the welfare system more effective and coherent. But it will create winners and losers in the process.