Select Committee report on Universal Credit implementation

On 22 November 2012, the Select Committee on Work and Pensions published ‘Universal Credit implementation: meeting the needs of vulnerable claimants’.

The report ‘concludes that the Government has designed a welfare system which should help ease the transition from benefits to work, but warns that significant concerns remain about the potential impact of the changes on some of the most vulnerable benefit claimants. It urges the Government to reflect on its ambitious implementation timetable’.

Concerns relate to the on-line claim system, direct payments of housing costs to tenants, payments to cover the additional costs of disability, the caluculation of income, the implementation timetable and demand for independent advice and support.

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