Briefing on Universal Credit
30 August 2012
Universal Credit is a new benefit that will be introduced from April 2013, replacing current means-tested benefits and tax credits for working-age people. It will radically alter the benefit system.
This briefing from the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) describes Universal Credit: what it is, the timetable from next April, and how it will affect £8m households by 2017.
Universal Credit will start in the Pathfinder areas of Tameside, Oldham, Wigan and Warrington from next April, six months before the national roll out. These areas will see up to 1500 new claimants each month start on Universal Credit.
Further reading (after the briefing):
► DWP press release on the Pathfinder
► DWP on Universal Credit
► Universal Credit - Frequently Asked Questions (July 2012)
► Latest news on Local Authority led pilots exploring specific issues, starting this Autumn ahead of the Pathfinders (Press release: 31 August 2012)