No new measures to maximise income were given in the Queen’s Speech despite the cost of living crisis. We look at Universal Credit’s untapped potential.
Report to the Centre for Social Justice
Authors: Deven Ghelani, Alex Clegg
Published: 20 May 2022
The Centre for Social Justice asked Policy in Practice to calculate the cost of three policy options to increasing Universal Credit, in order to protect low income households from high and rising inflation.
- Option 1: Restoring the £20 weekly uplift to Universal Credit
- Option 2: Increasing elements of Universal Credit, as though they had been uprated by 10% in April 2022
- Option 3: Restoring work allowances to 2015 levels to help all Universal Credit households in work
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