House of Lords debates on Universal Credit and benefit freeze

November 2017

Read our briefing for Peers in advance of two debates in the House of Lords on Thursday, 16th November:

Debate: Impact of Universal Credit on claimants
Short debate: Inflation impact on families affected by benefit freeze

The briefing draws on our new report The Austerity Generation: the impact of a decade of cuts on family incomes and child poverty, and our Early Warning System (EWS), which collects and analyses case evidence on how social security changes affect the wellbeing of children and their families. It covers:

What Universal Credit is
What effect cuts to Universal Credit have had on families
The impact of Universal Credit on employment
Key roll out problems from our EWS case evidence
Benefit adequacy
Ways to improve Universal Credit