Universal Credit, which merges several benefits into one, is being rolled out in phases between April 2013 and December 2017, with a view to ensuring that ‘work always pays’. In theory, Universal Credit will enable a smoother and less fragmented transition into work and off benefits while ensuring people are always better off than they would be on benefits alone.

The research is designed to help inform policy-makers as they fine-tune their plans on how to implement in-work conditionality and of the scope Universal Credit claimants will have to increase their earning power as they make the transition from benefits to employment.

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