Call for evidence launched into the economics of Universal Credit

The Economic Affairs Committee launches its inquiry into the economics of Universal Credit and invites written contributions to its investigation. The deadline for submissions is 29 February 2020.

This inquiry is investigating:

  • the economic impacts of Universal Credit
  • whether Universal Credit is meeting its original objectives
  • whether the policy assumptions reflected in its design are appropriate for different groups of claimants
  • the extent to which Universal Credit meets the needs of claimants in today’s labour market and changing world of work

The Committee will make recommendations to the Government.

The Committee is seeking evidence on the following questions:

  • How well has Universal Credit met its original objectives?
  • Were the original objectives and assumptions the right ones? How should they change?
  • What have been the positive and negative economic effects of Universal Credit?
  • What effect has fiscal retrenchment had on the ability of Universal Credit to successfully deliver its objectives?
  • Which claimants have benefited most from the Universal Credit reforms and which have lost out?
  • How has the world of work changed since the introduction of Universal Credit? Does Universal Credit’s design adequately reflect the reality of low-paid work?
  • If Universal Credit does not adequately reflect the lived experiences of low-paid workers, how should it be reformed?

This is a public call for written evidence to be submitted to the Committee. We encourage anyone with experience or expertise on the issue under investigation to share their views with the Committee, with the full knowledge that their views have value and are welcome.

Follow this link for further details and to submit evidence.

The deadline is 29 February for anyone interested in making a response.

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