Universal Credit and Self Employment The Universal Credit White Paper argues in annex 3, point 5 that: “Some self-employed people under Tax Credits report very low levels of income. We know that in starting up a business that it can take some time … Continued
The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) were asked by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to provide guiding principles for the department on how Passported Benefits (Free School Meals, Healthcare, Justice and Energy) could work with Universal Credit. Policy … Continued
Will some Local Authorities be able to merge Council Tax with Universal Credit? There is a risk that the original intention of welfare reforms will be undermined by the localisation of council tax. Worryingly few local authorities are in favour … Continued
This post is largely in response to a Save the Children report, challenging Universal Credit for making some lone parents worse off. Their report ‘Ending Child Poverty: Ensuring Universal Credit support working mums‘ raises some important and valid concerns about … Continued
Losing Free School Meals can cost an awful lot more than just their monetary value. This table I produced for the Social Security Advisory Committee and the Department for Education shows that a family with three children losing free school meals worth £1,130 will need an increase in gross income of up to £4,700 to compensate.