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Universal Credit: What You Need to Know

Feb 17, 2015

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By Lyndsey Hall

The government began a phased roll-out of its new Universal Credit on Monday, with the aim of all recipients of benefits in England, Scotland and Wales being on the new credit by 2016. After a series of delays, the new benefit has been introduced at a further 150 job centres today, following a pilot at 100 job centres across Britain which began in April 2013.

 

There has been plenty of criticism from the Labour party, which called it a ‘failing programme’ that would take years to implement, and the National Audit Office, which accused the scheme of being badly managed and failing to deliver on its targets. However, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said that  

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