Universal Credit is a means tested benefit for people of working age that replaces six existing benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
Universal Credit is currently being rolled out across the country.
The Women’s Budget Group has raised concerns about how Universal Credit will impact on gender equality. In particular we have been concerned that:
- Universal Credit creates disincentives for second earners
- Single monthly payments will make it difficult for some families to budget
- Payment of Universal Credit to a single person in a household is likely to increase women’s financial dependence on their partners and make them more vulnerable to financial and other abuse.
Our general briefing on Universal Credit and Gender Equality is available here
Additional briefings and submissions on Universal Credit
25th October 2011 Universal Credit Issues for Second Earners (House of Lords: meeting on Welfare Reform Bill, 25 October 2011) (PowerPoint)