Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd November 2015.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Labour, Don Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of changes to the work allowance in universal credit announced in the Summer Budget 2015 on incentives to work.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

Universal Credit will have a powerful positive effect on labour market participation. We expect 300,000 more people to be in work as a result of the introduction of Universal Credit, and around 75% of the households that gain under Universal Credit are in the bottom 40% of the income distribution.

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