universal credit

  • Out of the lobster pot: the universal credit ‘gateway’ and young people in non-advanced education

    Generally, once you have claimed universal credit (UC), you stay on it even if your circumstances later change – sometimes called the ‘lobster-pot’ principle. However, if your circumstances change so that you are no longer eligible for UC, in certain situations you may be able to claim the benefits that UC is replacing (housing benefit, jobseeker’s allowance, income support etc). This may be particularly useful for young people who live away from their parents, are on UC and who start a full-time non-advanced course at college.


    June 21, 2017
    press release
    • Welcome shelving of plans to cut universal free school meals
    • No plans for tackling rising child poverty, despite promise to tackle ‘burning injustice’ of poverty
    • Urgent need for a coherent social justice agenda

    Alison Garnham, Chief Executive:

    “We welcome the commitments to strengthen rights at work and the minimum wage for over 25-year-olds, but this is a Queen's Speech conspicuous for what it doesn’t mention and suggests the Government is missing a serious and coherent social justice agenda.

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  • Response to Autumn Statement

    December 3, 2014
    press release

    Responding to today’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:


    “It’s striking that the only giveaway for children was for families who can afford to fly them abroad on holiday. For millions more children, today’s Autumn Statement is about staying the course for poverty rather than prosperity.


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  • Response to statement on universal credit

    July 20, 2016
    press release


    Responding today to Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green’s announcement of further delays to the roll out of Universal Credit, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:


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  • Treasury must not wreck universal credit and poverty progress

    February 17, 2011
    press release

    Commenting ahead of today’s publication of the Welfare Reform Bill, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “The jury is still out on the universal credit. Ministers are right to aim for much better back to work support and a benefits system that makes it pay to work. But scant detail and funding shortfalls forced by the Treasury leave it in major doubt whether it will help claimants gain work, or help meet the Prime Minster’s promise to ‘make UK poverty history’.

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  • Universal credit


    Universal credit will be phased in from October 2013 as the main working-age benefit in the UK. 

  • Universal Credit


    Universal Credit is widely accepted as the most important social security reform for thirty years. It brings together most of the means-tested benefits and tax credits for people of working age and has dominated policy-making for five years.

  • Universal credit - will it work?

    7 May 2013

    A new report Will Universal Credit Work?, published by the TUC and CPAG, finds that this new benefit risks failing even on its own terms unless adjustments to its design are made and broader policies to tackle the causes of poverty are put in place. 

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  • Universal credit flaws and IT glitch must not damage children and families

    January 12, 2011
    press release

    Commenting on the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the government’s proposals for welfare reform and a Universal Credit system, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

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  • Universal credit roll out

    Moving considerably faster than an advancing glacier, from February of this year, Universal Credit is extending its reach and grasp to cover more groups in greater depth, in more parts of Scotland.

    Depending on who you are, you may be viewing its stately progress with anxiety or scepticism. You may feel optimistic about its potential to reduce poverty. Regardless of which camp you belong to, we hope to hear more from you about your experiences over the coming months through the advice line, by email or the Early Warning System.