Transition to universal credit: Policy

This section of the website covers Universal Credit policy issues.

Background to Universal Credit: This section contains a full history of how Universal Credit developed from its origin as a solution proposed by the Centre for Social Justice in a research paper to the passage of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 through parliament.

DWP Briefing Notes: This section contains links to current DWP briefing notes and publications which provide supporting information around the introduction of Universal Credit and archived DWP briefings about various parts of the legislation which were issued ahead of the Committee stage.

Research and reports: This section contains reports by DWP, Social Security Advisory Committee and external bodies about Universal Credit.