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  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Universal Credit: roll out

    Universal Credit (UC) is the Government’s new working-age benefit. The Government is currently rolling out the UC full service, the service all areas will eventually use, across Great Britain. Our UC roll out tool shows when the UC full service launched, or is scheduled to launch, at jobcentres in and around your constituency.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Universal Credit roll-out: 2018-19

    Universal Credit roll-out was around 11% complete across Great Britain as of December 2017, in terms of the number of households on UC. However, progress varies considerably between constituencies. Almost half of jobseekers are now on UC rather than "legacy" benefits. The majority of households receiving support for rent, children or incapacity are yet to move onto UC. This briefing provides a guide to roll-out of the Full Service in 2018/19 and original HC Library estimates for the progress or UC roll-out by constituency, region and across Great Britain.

  • House of Commons Library

    Data Dashboard

    Constituency dashboard

    Use the interactive dashboard to explore data for parliamentary constituencies, covering topics including unemployment, house prices and election results

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    School meals and nutritional standards (England)

    The main recent policy developments regarding school meals in England, including the revised school food standards and provision of free school meals.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Draft Universal Credit Regulations 2013

    Starting in selected “Pathfinder” areas from April 2013, Universal Credit (UC) will begin to replace a range of means-tested benefits and tax credits for working age families. The Draft Universal Credit Regulations set out the detailed rules for the new benefit.

  • House of Commons Library

    Debate Pack

    The roll-out of Universal Credit

    This House of Commons Library Debate Pack briefing provides information for the debate, entitled "Roll-out of Universal Credit" and sponsored by Catherine McKinnell, which will take place in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 19th April at 2.30pm, lasting for 90 minutes. A previous Westminster Hall debate on this topic led by Catherine McKinnell was interrupted by the attack on Parliament on 22 March

  • House of Commons Library

    Debate Pack

    The roll-out of Universal Credit

    There will be a debate in Westminster Hall on the roll-out of Universal Credit on 22 March 2017 at 2:30. The debate will be led by Catherine McKinnell MP.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    The Social Security (Additional Payments) Bill 2022-23

    This briefing paper provides information on the Social Security (Additional Payments) Bill 2022-23, introduced in the House of Commons on 15 June 2022.

  • House of Commons Library

    Insight

    Delivering Universal Credit

    For Ministers and civil servants alike, the recent National Audit Office and Public Accounts Committee (PAC) reports on progress implementing Universal Credit (UC) will have made uncomfortable reading. The PAC described management of the UC programme as “extraordinarily poor”, pointing to a “shocking absence of financial and other internal controls.”

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Universal Credit: an introduction

    Starting from next year, Universal Credit (UC) will begin to replace a range of means-tested benefits and tax credits for working age families. The intention is to simplify and streamline the benefits system for claimants, making it easier for people to understand; to reduce the financial and administrative barriers to work; to tackle in-work poverty; and to bear down on fraud and error.

  • House of Commons Library

    Debate Pack

    Future eligibility for free school meals and the pupil premium

    There will be a debate entitled "Future eligibility for free school meals and the pupil premium". This will be led by Mrs Sharon Hodgson MP and will take place in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm on Tuesday 6th February 2017, lasting for one hour.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Benefits Uprating 2022/23

    DWP benefits that are linked to inflation rise by 3.1% in April 2022, as do the Basic and New State Pension following a one-year suspension of the 'triple lock'. Inflation-linked tax credit elements and benefits administered by HMRC are also expected to rise by 3.1%.

  • House of Commons Library

    Research Briefing

    Further devolution of powers to Scotland: Universal Credit housing element and payment arrangements

    This note explains the Smith Commission’s proposals and the Draft Scotland Clauses in relation to Universal Credit (UC), including the housing costs element (currently Housing Benefit). As it stands, UC will remain a reserved benefit but the Scottish Parliament would be given the power to vary the housing costs element of UC, and powers to vary the manner and frequency of UC payments.