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Universal Credit

British social security benefit

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Universal Credit is a United Kingdom social security payment. It is replacing and combining six benefits for working-age people who have a low household income: income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, and Income Support; Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit; and Housing Benefit. Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance and contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance have been replaced with "new style" versions, and are not affected by Universal Credit.

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Chancellor's Universal Credit changes come into force today - but charities issue warning

chancellor's universal credit changes come into force today - but charities issue warning
Universal Credit claimants will begin to be told how changes to the benefits system will bolster their incomes ahead of Christmas - but there are warnings that millions of families will still be worse..
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Ex-Tory MP jailed for sexual assault now claiming benefit as he tells court he can't pay costs

ex-tory mp jailed for sexual assault now claiming benefit as he tells court he can't pay costs
An ex-Conservative MP who was jailed for sexual assault has revealed he is unemployed and currently making a Universal Credit claim as he was hauled before a court over unpaid costs.
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Universal Credit taper rate changes - what is it and how many will it affect?

universal credit taper rate changes - what is it and how many will it affect?
The chancellor has announced a change in Universal Credit by altering the "taper rate" after being heavily criticised for cutting the £20 uplift.
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Tory councillor apologises after colleagues make 'insensitive' bet on Universal Credit cut

tory councillor apologises after colleagues make 'insensitive' bet on universal credit cut
A Tory councillor has apologised after his colleagues held a sweepstake on when Labour would bring up the controversial Universal Credit cut in a recent meeting.
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End of Universal Credit uplift will have significant effect on claimants, study says

end of universal credit uplift will have significant effect on claimants, study says
Scrapping the £20 Universal Credit uplift will have a significant effect on claimants, according to a new report - which also says the benefit can be "complex and confusing".
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Marcus Rashford says honorary degree for fighting child poverty is 'bittersweet' after Universal Credit cuts

marcus rashford says honorary degree for fighting child poverty is 'bittersweet' after universal credit cuts
Marcus Rashford has revealed how it felt "bittersweet" to receive an honorary degree for fighting child poverty the day after the Universal Credit uplift was retracted.
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'If this continues people are going to die' - stark warning about impact of Universal Credit cut

'if this continues people are going to die' - stark warning about impact of universal credit cut
"I try not to let people in here because I get embarrassed," says 29-year-old Lynton Lockett, standing in his kitchen in Burnley.
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'It does not come close': Growing anger over £500m fund for vulnerable families as Universal Credit cut

'it does not come close': growing anger over £500m fund for vulnerable families as universal credit cut
The government is facing increasing anger over introducing a £500m fund for vulnerable families as it cuts Universal Credit payments.
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'I can't sleep at night': Families on Universal Credit seven times more likely to face a crisis

Families on Universal Credit are seven times more likely to face a crisis paying their bills and debts than others, according to new research for Sky News from the Resolution Foundation.
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PM refuses to budge on benefit cuts despite taxpayers footing bill to support US-owned CO2 producer

pm refuses to budge on benefit cuts despite taxpayers footing bill to support us-owned co2 producer
Taxpayers will help pay for the operating costs of a US-owned fertiliser manufacturer amid the ongoing energy crisis - just weeks after the government announced it was cutting Universal Credit and..
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Young people 'at risk of repeat homelessness' if Universal Credit uplift cut, charities warn

young people 'at risk of repeat homelessness' if universal credit uplift cut, charities warn
Cutting the £20-a-week Universal Credit increase will put young people at risk of repeat homelessness, more than 40 charities have warned.
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Boris Johnson under pressure to keep Universal Credit £20 uplift

boris johnson under pressure to keep universal credit £20 uplift
Boris Johnson is facing pressure from MPs as well as protesters to cancel his planned cut to Universal Credit.
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Work and pensions secretary 'entirely happy' with benefits cut - despite senior Tories' warning

work and pensions secretary 'entirely happy' with benefits cut - despite senior tories' warning
Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey has told Sky News she is "entirely happy" with a £20 per week cut to Universal Credit, despite calls from senior Conservatives to keep the benefits uplift.
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'Level up' the country by scrapping benefits cut and backing pay rises, Boris Johnson told

'level up' the country by scrapping benefits cut and backing pay rises, boris johnson told
Boris Johnson is being urged to "level up" Britain by backing pay rises for workers, scrapping his proposed cut in Universal Credit and tackling child poverty.
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Tax hikes, benefit cuts, social care, the crisis in Afghanistan: PM faces grilling from MPs as parliament returns

Boris Johnson is set to face a significant amount of opposition from MPs over his handling of the Afghanistan crisis, possible plans to hike national insurance, and cutting the Universal Credit uplift..
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Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland ministers call on UK government to keep Universal Credit uplift

scotland, wales and northern ireland ministers call on uk government to keep universal credit uplift
Ministers from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are calling on the UK government to keep the £20 uplift to Universal Credit in place beyond the current October deadline.
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Conservative MPs call on Boris Johnson to make Universal Credit uplift permanent

conservative mps call on boris johnson to make universal credit uplift permanent
Boris Johnson is facing pressure from members of his own Conservative backbenches to reverse plans to cut Universal Credit payments from October.
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'Biggest overnight cut in benefits since Second World War': Charity voices fears over end of Universal Credit uplift

'biggest overnight cut in benefits since second world war': charity voices fears over end of universal credit uplift
A charity has raised its concerns about the looming end of the £20-a-week uplift to Universal Credit, describing it as the "biggest overnight cut in benefits since the Second World War". 
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Govt ignores pleas of former Tory ministers and will end £20 a week benefits uplift

govt ignores pleas of former tory ministers and will end £20 a week benefits uplift
The government has ignored the pleas of six former Conservative work and pension secretaries and will press ahead with the phasing out of the £20 per week uplift to Universal Credit, MPs have been..
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What wasn't in the chancellor's budget

The budget was chock full of announcements - including on the furlough scheme, Universal Credit and stamp duty.
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MPs call for Universal Credit cut to be scrapped - but Tory MPs ordered to abstain by PM

MPs have backed a motion calling for the upcoming cut in Universal Credit to be scrapped, with Conservative MPs ordered to abstain.
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Universal Credit row erupts as Labour calls vote to extend £20 weekly COVID increase

universal credit row erupts as labour calls vote to extend £20 weekly covid increase
A row over Universal Credit has erupted after Labour called a debate to vote on extending a temporary £20 weekly rise in payments to help families during the coronavirus pandemic.
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