White Paper on Universal Credit: submission to Work and Pensions Committee

December 2010

The White Paper Universal Credit: welfare that works set out the Coalition Government’s plans to reform the welfare system by creating a new universal credit. CPAG's response, while supporting the core aims of simplicity and increased work incentives, expresses our concern that the Government is embarking on such an ambitious and potentially risky programme of reform in such haste, in the context of extensive cuts in support for families, service cuts and a contracting labour market. We believe the proposals are severely reduced in effectiveness by the cuts that will precede them, seriously damaging work incentives and causing predicted rises in child poverty.