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Universal Credit - the government’s new benefit for people of working age - will introduce major changes for low paid workers. Universal Credit will replace in-work benefits like Working Tax Credit and Housing Benefit; for the first time, people who get benefits like this to top-up low pay will be obliged to take steps to increase their incomes. Ultimately, those who do not could lose some or all of their Universal Credit.
These rules – “in-work conditionality” – are a new feature of the benefit system and low paid workers will be vitally interested in how they will operate. Their union representatives will want to be able to answer members’ questions about these rules.
The Department for Work and Pensions is running a series of pilot projects, testing these new rules and checking whether they need to be amended. David Shaw, who has lead responsibility for these projects, has kindly agreed to speak about the new rules at a special TUC seminar that will be relevant to every union with low paid members.
Chair: Nicola Smith,
Head of Economic and Social Affairs Department TUC
Paul Nowak Assistant General Secretary TUC
Allison Roche Policy Officer UNISON
David Shaw Lead for policy on Universal Credit pilots, DWP
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Trades Union Congress (TUC)
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is the voice of Britain at work. We represent nearly six million working people in 52 unions across the economy. We campaign for more and better jobs and a better working life for everyone, and we support trade unions to grow and thrive.