The Government says it is introducing Universal Credit to:
- Encourage people on benefits to start paid work or increase their hours by making sure work pays
- Smooth the transitions into and out of work
- Simplify the system, making it easier for people to understand, and easier and cheaper to administer
- Reduce the number of people who are in work but still living in poverty
- Reduce fraud and error.
You can find more information about different aspects of Universal Credit by clicking on the links below:
- What does Universal Credit replace?
- When and where can you claim Universal Credit?
- Who can claim Universal Credit at the moment?
- Rules for service charges
- Making payments to help with housing costs direct to landlords
- Help with using computers, budgeting monthly and opening bank accounts
Read Sitra’s Universal Credit risk chart that helps you plan for the impact of Universal Credit on your organisation and your service users