In June 2012 the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) reviewed and consulted on Universal Credit and related Regulations. This included the following draft regulations:
- the Universal Credit Regulations 2012
- the Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment and Working-age Benefits (Claims and Payments) Regulations 2012
- the Housing Benefit (Benefit Cap) Regulations 2012
This page includes the SSAC report on the consultation and the government’s response in a combined document.
The committee reported that the majority of respondents were broadly supportive of the government’s ambitions to simplify the benefit system through the introduction of Universal Credit.
The committee’s report, reflecting the majority of responses to the consultation, makes 36 recommendations across 6 broad themes:
- overarching issues
- the benefit cap
- conditionality and sanctions
- claims and payments
The Secretary of State has accepted most of the committee’s 36 recommendations which are addressed in 6 sections in the report.