Universal Credit

Nov 6, 2012 | Analysis, Older publications

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

6th November 2012 Supplementary written evidence submitted by the Women’s Budget Group to the Work and Pensions Select Committee – HC 576 Progress Towards the Implementation of Universal Credit

7th September 2012 Written evidence submitted by the Women’s Budget Group to the Work and Pensions Select Committee – HC 576 Progress Towards the Implementation of Universal Credit

25th October 2011 Universal Credit Issues for Second Earners (House of Lords: meeting on Welfare Reform Bill, 25 October 2011) (PowerPoint)

December 2010 Written Evidence Submitted by the WBG – White Paper on Universal Credit – Work and Pensions Committee

 

General Election blog: What about social care?

Proposals in the Conservative Party manifesto which would increase the number of people who have to pay for the care they receive in their own home hit the headlines yesterday.  But with over a million people not getting the social care they need and local councils...