Universal Credit rollout

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3737
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

October 2017 sees the start of the next phase of Universal Credit rollouts in London. A number of MPs have called for this to be postponed until next year to avoid delays to payments and hardship over the Christmas period. There are also claims that Universal Credit it not yet ready for wider rollout. What is your view on this?

Answer

Answer for Universal Credit rollout

Answer for Universal Credit rollout

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London has already been hit particularly hard by recent changes to welfare policy and whilst Universal Credit has the potential to improve and simplify work incentives, its roll-out is throwing up a number of administrative shortcomings that can cause genuine hardship for claimants.

It is important that the effects of these shortcomings are fully understood and that government policy responds to the picture on the ground. If major problems continue, then I think the Government should consider postponing the next phase of rollouts.