More money for Universal Credit "a step in the right direction", but serious concerns remain

  • By JackGraves

Responding to the additional £2.7bn for Universal Credit announced in the 2018 Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Cllr Muhammed Butt, London Councils’ Executive member for welfare, empowerment, and inclusion, said:

"The Chancellor’s recognition that Universal Credit needs to be properly funded is of course welcome, and this additional money is a step in the right direction. 

"However, London boroughs continue to have serious concerns about the next phase of roll-out where the most vulnerable claimants are due to be moved onto Universal Credit. The complexities of these transfers mean there is a real risk of some claimants failing to receive Universal Credit and being left without any funds at all. 

"The government needs to think carefully about improving safeguards and support packages.”