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A report by the Resolution Foundation, an independent
research and policy organisation, has found that almost
1.2 million low-paid workers entitled to support under Universal Credit will have to look for extra
work or face the risk of having payments withdrawn.
Conditions Uncertain reveals for the first time
how many working people are likely to be affected by a
new system which will require the lowest-paid to show that
they are unable to push up their wages any further.
Under Universal Credit, which combines benefits and tax credits
into a unified payment, conditions will be set on payments to many
working claimants who earn less than the weekly equivalent of the
minimum wage - £212.80 for a single person. They will be expected
to demonstrate that they are making every effort to rise above this
earnings threshold, by finding better-paid work, increasing their
hours or taking on an extra job.
Read the Conditions Uncertain report (link opens in a new window
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Guardian (link opens in a new window) and
the Resolution Foundation (link opens in a new
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