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Universal Credit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of second earners who will be subject to higher withdrawal rates under universal credit who are in couples without children.

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Departmental modelling estimates that the majority of the estimated 300,000 second earners reported in the Impact Assessment to experience an increase in their withdrawal rate under universal credit are in couples with children. This is unsurprising given that over 90% of second earners with affected withdrawal rates are in couples with children. Less than 50,000 of the second earners who see an increase in their withdrawal rate are in childless couples.

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