At Citizens Advice Gateshead, our mission is to mobilise knowledge so the system works, it works for everyone, and it powers the changes we need to be an equal and inclusive society. To that end, our Research and Campaigns activity seeks to inform policy change throughout local and national Government as well as wider society.
We recently responded to a call for evidence from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee and their inquiry into the economics of Universal Credit.
This inquiry investigates the economic impacts of Universal Credit. The inquiry will investigate whether Universal Credit is meeting its original objectives, whether the policy assumptions reflected in its design are appropriate for different groups of claimants and the extent to which Universal Credit meets the needs of claimants in today's labour market and changing world of work. The Committee will make recommendations to the Government.
The submission analyses whether, in our experience, Universal Credit has met its original objectives, the impact that economic changes have had upon claimants, and makes recommendations on how the benefit could be reformed to better reflect the reality of the claimants.