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Universal Credit: Will it work?

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  • Beth Lakhani

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    The objectives of current UK policy for welfare reform are in conflict: on the one hand, the Government’s determination to drive down the deficit with major cuts to public expenditure; and on the other, the introduction of a new system of welfare intended to protect claimants from poverty, provide clear work incentives and make work pay. The programme of across the board cuts to public services nevertheless shows the axe falling disproportionately on social welfare provision and Universal Credit is not exempt. Against this background and with high unemployment Universal Credit is destined not to work.

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    Article provided by London South Bank University in its journal Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit.

    Volume (Year): 27 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 5-6 (August)
    Pages: 455-464

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:loceco:v:27:y:2012:i:5-6:p:455-464

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    Keywords: benefit cap; claimant commitment; conditionality threshold; consumer price index; deficit reduction; in work conditionality; welfare reform; work incentive;

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