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    Research Briefing

    Universal Credit and the claimant count

    This briefing paper explains how Universal Credit has increased the number of people claiming unemployment benefits, by requiring a broader group of claimants to look for work than was the case under Jobseeker’s Allowance. In January 2019, the Department for Work and Pensions published an ‘alternative’ claimant count for the first time. This models what the claimant count would have been if Universal Credit had been fully in place since 2013.

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    Debate Pack

    Effect of Universal Credit on children

    MPs will debate the Effect of Universal Credit on children on Tuesday 10 May 2016. This is a Backbench Business debate secured by Stephen Timms MP. This House of Commons Library page provides an overview of Universal Credit and links to relevant briefings and reports.

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    Research Briefing

    Universal Credit: A reading list

    A Universal Credit reading list covering the new benefit from its development more than a decade ago through to April 2021.

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    Research Briefing

    Coronavirus: Legacy benefits and the Universal Credit ‘uplift’

    This paper outlines the debate around the Government's policy to increase Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit payments, but not payments of DWP means-tested legacy benefits for people of working age, during the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Debate Pack

    Opposition Day Debate – Universal Credit

    There will be an Opposition Day Debate on Universal Credit on Tuesday 5th December in the Commons Chamber. This Commons Library landing page contains recent Library briefings, parliamentary material, press releases, and Government material.

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    Debate Pack

    Effect of the roll-out of Universal Credit in the North West

    There will be a debate entitled, Effect of the roll-out of Universal Credit in the North West, in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 13 January 2016 at 9.30am. Marie Rimmer MP will lead the debate. This page provides a background briefing.

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    Debate Pack

    Two child limit in Universal Credit and child tax credits

    This House of Commons Library landing page has been published in advance of a debate entitled "Two child limit in Universal Credit and child tax credits". This will be led by Alison Thewliss MP and will take place in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 27th November 2018, starting at 2.30pm.

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    Podcast

    Universal Credit: Rolling out a new benefits system

    How far has the roll out of Universal Credit come? What's the difference between 'managed' and 'natural' migration? Are there likely to be further delays? And what are the implications of recent High Court judgments?

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    Research Briefing

    Cost of Living Payments: Overview and FAQs

    This briefing provides an overview of the rules and payment arrangements for Cost of Living Payments, and answers frequently asked questions on this topic.

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    Debate Pack

    The effect of Universal Credit on the private rented sector

    There will be a debate, entitled "The effect of Universal Credit on the private rented sector". This will be led by Stephen Lloyd MP and will take place in Westminster Hall at 9.30am on Tuesday 9th January 2018. This landing page brings together relevant material to inform the debate.