Universal credit needs £8bn overhaul, says cross-party report

Lords committee finds reforms are needed to make benefits system ‘fit for purpose’ amid Covid-19 crisis

Universal credit needs a massive £8bn overhaul to make it reliable for the millions of families who will depend on it as the Covid-19 economic crisis grows, a cross-party House of Lords committee has concluded.

The economic affairs committee said public support for the troubled universal credit system was “seeping away” because of multiple design faults, the inadequacy of benefit rates, and lack of specialised support for claimants.

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