Universal Credit


MPs debated the Work and Pensions Committee’s report on the response of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to COVID-19, last Thursday (26 November).

‘Natural migration’ is trapping benefit claimants in the DWP ‘lobster pot’, struggling with a sudden drop in income and with no way back, says the Work and Pensions Committee as it published its latest report on universal credit this week (23).

A report on the House of Lords debate on Universal Credit which took place on Thursday 16 November 2017. Much of the debate was spent by peers illustrating the problems with UC but there were some practical suggestions (including some cited from the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group). Most speakers were from Labour, which along with other opposition parties wants a pause to the roll out of UC because of unintended consequences on claimants.