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Universal Credit and the future of the welfare state

13 February 2021

9:00 AM

13 February 2021

9:00 AM

Amid the many failures of public policy during the Covid crisis, one success has gone largely unnoticed. The Universal Credit system coped with a huge uplift in applications without breaking down. In February last year 2.6 million households were signed up; six months later that had swelled to 4.6 million.

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