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Universal Credit

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 31250, tabled on 15 March 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the effect of universal credit on the number of children in households with less than 60 per cent of median income when roll-out of universal credit is completed, and excluding potential dynamic effects on employment and earnings.

Answered on

21 March 2016

This Government is committed to eliminating child poverty and transforming the life chances of the most disadvantaged children and families.

We know that work is the best route out of poverty, and Universal Credit is designed to strengthen incentives for parents to move into and progress in work. Ignoring the impact that Universal Credit has on incentivising work and raising the incomes of families is inappropriate.

The impact of Universal Credit cannot be considered in isolation– it is a key component of a broader strategy to move Britain to a higher wage, lower welfare, lower tax society.

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