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  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Coronavirus: Getting people back into work

    The coronavirus pandemic has had a substantial impact on the UK labour market. This briefing provides information on the measures that have been put in place to support people back in to work.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Universal Credit and the Severe Disability Premium

    This Commons Library briefing looks at how Universal Credit will affect benefit claimants who are, or were, getting the Severe Disability Premium. It covers measures which came into force in January 2019 to prevent people getting SDP from moving onto UC until they can receive transitional protection, and "SDP transitional payments" for those who have already moved to UC and lost SDP.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    The Universal Credit assessment period and earned income

    This Commons Library briefing looks at the problems working Universal Credit claimants can experience because of the assessment period rules, and at the implications of a recent High Court judgment.

  • House of Commons Library

    Constituency Casework

    NHS prescription charges in England

    The cost of an NHS prescription, who is entitled to free prescriptions and how to get help with prescription costs.

  • House of Commons Library

    Debate Pack

    Opposition Day Debate: Universal Credit

    This House of Commons Library debate pack briefing has been prepared in advance of an Opposition Day debate on Universal Credit, which will take place on Wednesday 17th October 2018.

  • House of Commons Library

    Debate Pack

    Universal Credit and Debt

    On 5 June 2019 there will be a Westminster Hall debate regarding universal credit and debt. The debate will be led by Ruth George MP.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Universal Credit changes from April 2016

    Universal Credit (UC) is a new benefit which is to replace means-tested social security benefits and tax credits for working-age claimants by 2022. UC work allowances, the maximum a claimant can earn before their award is withdrawn, were reduced from April 2016 onwards. Limits to support for new claimants will also apply from April 2017. This paper provides an introduction to Universal Credit and analyses the impact of these changes.

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    Research Briefing

    Housing cost element of Universal Credit and 18 to 21-year-olds

    This briefing paper provides information on the decision to restrict entitlement to the housing cost element of Universal Credit for young people aged 18 to 21. On 29 March 2018 the Government announced that restrictions on accessing the housing element would be removed. Regulations have been laid - the relevant provisions will come into force on 31 December 2018.

  • House of Commons Library

    Debate Pack

    Potential merits of a universal basic income

    There will be a debate on the potential merits of a universal basic income in Westminster Hall at 4:30pm on 15 June 2022. This debate will be led by Angela Crawley MP.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Universal Credit roll-out: Autumn/Winter 2017

    Universal Credit aims to replace six working-age benefits. The Government is now rolling out the Full Service, under which everyone eligible can claim UC no matter their circumstances. Once the Full Service is launched in an area both the number and range of people claiming UC is likely to grow quickly. At the end of September 2017 there were 101 jobcentres running the Full Service. Between October 2017 and January 2018, 134 more jobcentres will launch the Full Service. That will add 150,000 more people to the UC caseload – a 25% increase, and an overall rise from 8% to 10% of the final 7 million people expected to be eligible.

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    Research Briefing

    The two child limit in tax credits and Universal Credit

    This Commons Library briefing looks at the two child limit in Child Tax Credit and in Universal Credit introduced for new claims and births from 6 April 2017. There will be limited exceptions to the two child rule, including where a child was conceived as a result of a "non-consensual sexual act."