Work and Pensions Committee

Universal Credit inquiry

Inquiry status:

The Work and Pensions Committee called for evidence for a  Universal Credit update  in January 2017. Since then, we’ve asked for more evidence on specific issues and published reports on different aspects of Universal Credit, which you can read about in these pages.

Scope of the inquiry

Universal Credit is the Government’s flagship welfare reform programme, which involves merging 6 existing benefits into 1, paid as a single, monthly payment.

The Department for Work and Pensions began work on Universal Credit in 2010. Universal Credit was rolled out fully across the country by December 2018. The Department expects that all claimants will be ‘migrated’ from existing benefits to Universal Credit by the end of 2023.

The Work and Pensions Committee has held several inquiries on Universal Credit. These inquiries look at how UC is designed, how it is working in practice, and how the Department plans to move existing claimants over to Universal Credit. We’ve listened to concerns that people have about Universal Credit, and made recommendations to the Government for changes.

You can read more about our Universal Credit inquiries using the links on the left hand side of this page. The individual inquiry pages include links to published oral and written evidence, as well as our reports and the Government’s responses.

Our current open inquiries on Universal Credit include:

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