Welfare Reform Bill: Universal Credit provisions - Commons Library Research Paper

Published 07 March 2011 | Research papers RP11/24

Authors: Tim Jarrett, Steven Kennedy, Djuna Thurley, Wendy Wilson

Topic: Pensions, Housing benefits, Working age benefits

The Welfare Reform Bill provides for the introduction of a 'Universal Credit' to replace a range of existing means-tested benefits and tax credits for people of working age, starting from 2013. The Bill follows the November 2010 White Paper, Universal Credit: welfare that works, which set out the Government’s proposals for reforming welfare to improve work incentives, simplify the benefits system and tackle administrative complexity.

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