Universal Credit: A Primer

March 17, 2014 | Helly Lee, Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Melissa Boteach, and Megan Martin

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This issue brief provides a concise explanation of the Universal Credit, including its stated goals and the various concerns raised in the United Kingdom about its rollout, barriers, and effectiveness. It concludes with some preliminary thoughts about the limited relevance of the Universal Credit for U.S. policy and practice, given the major differences between the U.S. and U.K. social safety nets.

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