Universal Credit could be a lifeline in Northern Ireland


This report from UK think tank the JRF looks at how Universal Credit must be designed with people who use it.

Being faced with the forces that can sweep us into poverty is a reality for far too many people in Northern Ireland. The policy recommendations in this report are grounded in the expertise of people living in Northern Ireland and receiving Universal Credit (UC). We look at what lessons the rest of the UK can learn from devolved-level innovations, and provide recommendations for improving the system. Following the coronavirus outbreak, the UK Government responded with some welcome, temporary measures to boost the financial support available, but much more needs to be done as the longer-term impacts of the outbreak emerge to avoid people becoming trapped in poverty.

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