Michael Gove admits nature of Universal Credit may need to change
Published : Monday, 6 April, 2020 at 4:43 PM Count : 149
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove has acknowledged that the government must review the "nature" of its major welfare reform after asking whether Universal Credit can provide sufficient financial support to claimants.
More than a million new applications have been submitted since the UK imposed strict social distance and travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The new welfare system is designed to provide claimants with an incentive to work through income from employment, as well as continuing to pay benefit payments.
However, under normal circumstances, claimants are expected to actively seek work to qualify for financial assistance.
It raises concerns that the system has enough flexibility to address situations in the present where a large majority is unlikely to work,
Speaking at the Daily Downing Street Press Conference, the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster emphasized that all welfare measures were under review, but asked if the standard weekly demand of £ 5 a week was enough for people's survival, he indicated further changes could follow.-Internet