This document sets out plans to create Universal Credit to simplify the welfare system, make work pay and combat worklessness and poverty.
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This white paper sets out the government’s plans to introduce legislation to reform the welfare system by creating a new Universal Credit. Universal Credit will radically simplify the system to make work pay and combat worklessness and poverty. The paper outlines:
- the need for change
- how Universal Credit will work
- how it will affect benefit recipients
- its broader impact
The government has also published its report on the consultation responses to 21st Century Welfare which spelt out the problems of poor work incentives and complexity in the current benefits and tax credits systems. Over 1,600 responses were received. There was general agreement on the need for reform with strong support for our objectives of streamlining the system and making work pay.