CPAG statement on Universal Credit report by Work & Pensions Committee

April 8, 2014

Commenting on the Work & Pensions Committee report on the implementation of  Universal Credit released today, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

“This is a deeply troubling report for a flagship benefit which in time will support half of all UK children. The timetable is up in the air, the project management has been all over the place, and its ability to help the low paid is in real jeopardy.

“The priority now has to be instilling confidence about when it will be delivered and, crucially for families, ensuring that when it’s up and running Universal Credit makes good on claims that it will make work pay and reduce poverty.

“The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has a big job to do but he’s not being helped by Treasury decisions. The Universal Credit budget has been raided repeatedly by the Treasury  - and more cuts are expected in the Autumn Statement - degrading its ability to support the low paid and tackle growing levels of child poverty.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  • CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
  • CPAG is the host organisation for the Campaign to End Child Poverty coalition, which has members from across civil society including children’s charities, faith groups, unions and other civic sector organisation, united in their campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is met.

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Tim Nichols

CPAG Press Officer

Tel. 020 7812 5216 or 07816 909302 

tnichols@cpag.org.uk

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