Government Claims Universal Credit is working

2015 General Election - Cabinet

A report published yesterday by the Department of Work and Pensions has suggested that the unemployed are more likely to move into work under the universal credit scheme than the Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA).

After running a long trial the universal credit scheme is being introduced around the country and it is now used in 75% of job-centres in the country. The figures released in the report show that for every 100 people found a job under JSA there are 113 jobs found for Universal Credit claimants.

Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said:

“Welfare reform is fundamentally about transforming lives and providing opportunity for all, and Universal Credit is at the heart of this.

The new benefit is now in three quarters of all job-centres, and the impacts we are seeing are remarkable. We promised to reform welfare, and this government is delivering, with claimants moving into work faster and earning more compared to the old system.

This is welfare reform in action – creating a system that rewards the right choices, and removes the stumbling blocks in people’s way. Giving people the support as well as the opportunity to achieve their aspirations and fulfil their potential”.