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Universal credit is "half-baked"

Paul Treloar
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Universal credit has been oversold. It will not be dramatically simpler than the alternatives. There is no reason to suppose that it will reduce fraud or error. There is no evidence that it will have any particular effect on helping people into work.

As the scheme takes shape, we will get a better idea of how far it will actually clarify the rules, whether it lumps different circumstances together, who will gain and who will lose. As it stands, the scheme is still only half-baked.

The universal credit scheme is only half-baked, Guardian Society 19 Jan 2011

Interesting comment piece from Professor Paul Spicker, on some of the potential flaws in IDS proposals for a universal credit.