Response to the government's announcement on universal credit rates

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Published on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 15:10
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced this evening the key details of how universal credit is going to operate.

These are the regulations that underpin the system, including the amounts of support that different types of households will receive.

Ellen Broome, Policy Director of The Children's Society, said:

'We welcome many aspects of Universal Credit, including simplifying the welfare system and helping to make work pay. But we have some serious concerns about how it will affect some of the most disadvantaged children and families.

'Some of our poorest working families will struggle to afford vital childcare. Our evidence also reveals that many disabled children and disabled lone parents will be significantly worse off.

'To make sure that Universal Credit really works for all children and families, the government must revise its plans and take decisive action to make sure none of these groups slip through holes in the safety net.'

Source: ©The Children's Society

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