Written Question on Universal Credit: Employment

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Date Title Questioner
5 Feb 2018, 5:49 p.m. Universal Credit: Employment Steve McCabe


What assessment she has made of the effect of changes to the level of universal credit work allowance on the number of people entering work.

Answer (Alok Sharma)

The improved work incentives in Universal Credit result not just from work allowances, but also from the lower taper rates, the fact that a claimant does not need to claim in three places, and that data on earnings is received every month, meaning that a claimant’s Universal Credit adjusts automatically to their earnings. We expect to provide an updated assessment of the labour supply effects of Universal Credit as part of the full business case later in 2018.

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