Universal Credit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of John Robertson John Robertson Labour, Glasgow North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of universal credit in incentivising work.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Universal credit will lead to an increase in employment due to improved financial incentives, simpler and more transparent system, and changes to the requirements placed on claimants. Overall, this could lead to the equivalent of up to 300,000 additional people in work. We published our assessment of the likely impact of universal credit in December last year. This can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-impact-assessment

We will monitor and evaluate the effects of universal credit as the programme rolls out. Details of our evaluation framework are at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-evaluation-framework

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