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How can Universal Credit help working parents move out of poverty?

This research looks at how Universal Credit (UC) can be changed to help loosen the grip of poverty on working parents.

Written by:
Helen Barnard
Date published:

What you need to know: working parents involved in this research saw Universal Credit as a contributory factor to their poor standards of living. Work Coaches felt they did not always have the time or expertise to help working parents increase their income and move out of poverty.

Actions that need to be taken to prevent more families being swept into poverty:

  • Increasing the amount of income that working parents derive from UC.
  • More effective incentives to increase working hours.
  • Reducing the financial and administrative burden of childcare.
  • Living Work Coaches more time and training to support working parents.
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