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Nearly 1.2 million low-paid workers entitled to Universal Support face benefit sanctions

Read the Conditions Uncertain report (link opens in a new window PDF file size 565.6 kb)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workers entitled to support under Universal Credit will have to look for extra work or face the risk of having payments withdrawn.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 PDF file size 565.6 kb)

Source: Guardian (link opens in a new window) and the Resolution Foundation (link opens in a new window)

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