welfare reform bill to bring in universal credit scheme

Benefits shake-up ‘will make work pay’

By Cameron Brooks

Published: 18/02/2011

The UK Government has pledged the biggest shake-up of the benefits system in 60 years under plans unveiled yesterday.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said the proposals would benefit 2.7million households across Britain and almost 1million people would be taken out of poverty.

Under the Welfare Reform Bill, existing benefits will be replaced with a universal credit scheme to make it easier for people to see that they would be better off for each hour they work and for every pound they earn.

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