Why the judge’s verdict on the Universal Credit uplift falls flat

Stop UK lies & corruption

A High Court judge has ruled the DWP did not discriminate between claimants when they only chose to award those on Universal Credit with a £20 per week uplift. He claimed those on Universal Credit would have only just lost their jobs and deserved the money more than other claimants.

We spot the flaws in this ruling.

He’s claiming the uplift was only paid to those newly out of work. In fact it was paid to everyone in receipt of Universal Credit which is not exclusively an out of work benefit.

Universal Credit is replacing:

Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance

Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance

Income Support

Working Tax Credit

Child Tax Credit

Housing Benefit

Note we said ‘replacing’ not ‘replaced’. This is because many areas of the country have not migrated to Universal Credit, so people who lost their jobs during the pandemic could only claim Jobseeker’s Allowance. This…

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