Universal Credit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of William Bain William Bain Labour, Glasgow North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the effect on projected levels of disposable income of households with at least one adult in work who are (a) with children and (b) without children of freezing of the work allowance in universal credit in each of the next three financial years.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Once fully rolled out, 3 million households, of which 1.8 million are families with children and 1.2 million are families without children, gain on average £174 per month (in 2012-13 prices) from universal credit after taking account of the work allowance freeze. Transitional protection will ensure that there will be no cash losers under universal credit, providing their circumstances remain the same.

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