Dr Anthony Rafferty, Senior Lecturer in Employment Studies, has given evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee as part of its inquiry into the creation of a Universal Credit benefits system.
Universal Credit represents one of the biggest ever overhauls of the UK’s social security system and is aiming to combine six benefits into one monthly payment from 2021.
The Committee is currently considering the case for some form of in-work support within Universal Credit and assessing which claimant groups are most likely to be in low-hours, low-paid work and therefore require help. It is also looking at appropriate objectives for in-work progression, how success should be measured, and how more employers can be persuaded to support in-work progression. It is also reviewing the likely effectiveness of Universal Credit’s financial work incentives.
Dr Rafferty was one of a select number of policy experts called to give evidence to the Committee earlier this month. Others who gave evidence included: Tony Wilson, Director of Policy and Research at the Learning and Work Institute; David Finch, Senior Economic Analyst at the Resolution Foundation; Emma Stewart, Joint Chief Executive of the Timewise Foundation; and Julia Waltham, Head of Campaigns and Policy at Working Families.