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Universal Credit: Wales

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th May 2019.

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Photo of Chris Elmore Chris Elmore Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of whether universal credit adequately covers the cost of living in Wales.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Successive Governments have made decisions about the rates of benefits taking account of the competing demands on public expenditure, mindful of the need to balance poverty alleviation whilst not damaging incentives to work, as all Governments since 1948 have striven to do.

Benefits provide a safety net for people to spend on their individual needs.

Government does not prescribe these, but provides support depending on circumstances such as ability to work and need for childcare.

The applicable amount for Universal Credit is based upon a personal allowance paid according to age and family status, which can be supplemented by flat-rate premiums for groups recognised as having additional needs, such as disabled people and carers.

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