Amber Rudd, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has indicated that she intends to make some changes to the controversial universal credit programme. She confirmed that a pilot to support 10,000 people on ‘ legacy benefits’ will go ahead, and she added that the two-children limit on universal credit will not be back-dated to before April 2017.
Amber Rudd also made a speech about the future of universal credit, although there was some controversy amongst MP that Parliament wasn’t informed first of the changes which were proposed.
In a statement Rudd said:
“There is wide support for the principles we advocate – helping people into work, making work pay, and providing support in times of need. I want Universal Credit to gain further support as we roll it out in practice. This means delivering it in a way that meets the needs of claimants, who come from every conceivable background and who have incredible potential to achieve their ambitions”.
Margaret Greenwood, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said in a statement:
“It’s a disgrace that four single mothers have had to take the Government to court because of the impact that Universal Credit has had on their lives. The rigid assessment system cannot cope with something as basic as incomes that fluctuate from month to month. The High Court’s ruling confirms once again that Universal Credit is failing people on low pay and pushing many into hardship simply because of when their payday falls. The Tories must stop the roll out of Universal Credit to ensure no more people are plunged into poverty and deprivation”.