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Welcome for ‘exploration’ of devolution of Universal Credit admin

January 28th 2019

The Bevan Foundation has warmly welcomed the First Minister’s statement that the Welsh Government will ‘explore’ whether the administration of Universal Credit should be devolved.

Universal Credit is widely accredited with causing harship as a result of how it is administered.  The Bevan Foundation’s recent report on Universal Credit said:

“our view is that … the Welsh Government should have the same powers over the administration of UC that are available to the Scottish Government. These are known as Scottish Flexibilities and include people [having] the option of being paid twice a month rather than monthly and any UC housingelement being paid directly to landlords (both social and private).”

Speaking in response to a question by John Griffiths AM in the Assembly plenary session on 15th January, the First Minister said:

“my view is that we ought to explore the devolution of administration. We want to do it carefully, but I think the case is made for exploration”

If you’re interested in finding out more about the this debate, the Bevan Foundation will be hosting a seminar exploring the advantages and disadvantages of devolving administrative powers over Universal Credit to Wales. To find out more, click here. 

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