Universal credit regulations – consultation starts

Consultation has started on draft regulations designed to introduce the new universal credit system – a key part of the government’s strategy for social security reform.

The universal credit will replace a wide range of existing benefits including income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance/employment and support allowance, housing benefit, working tax credit and child tax credit. It will be phased in from October 2013 onwards and, when fully implemented by 2017, will cover around 12 million claimants.

Source: The Universal Credit Regulations 2012, Draft Statutory Instrument, Department for Work and Pensions, TSO

Links: Draft regulations | Explanatory memorandum | SSAC press release | DWP press release | BBC report | Guardian report.