sadly I doubt the election when it comes will revert back if the UC has been put through.
David cameron tried to move IDS to another area to stop the UC going through as it is going to cost thousands and thousands of pounds to implement and they don't know if it will work and they know it is unpopular. IDS refused to move.
Lets see whether it is as big a shambles as the CSA was when that changed
One important thing I've seen is that if the amount you currently get on TC's is higher than what you would get on UC then you will still get the higher amount. It just won't be increased with inflation annually so the amount will be eroded over time.
The DWP site has a lot of information here. The stated aim is that no-one will be worse off in the short-term. As an existing claimant for tax credits the changes should be phased in very gradually.
------------- When does Universal Credit start?
April 2013 launch of Universal Credit pathfinder
Starting in April 2013, DWP, with our delivery partners in HMRC and local authorities, will introduce Universal Credit to claimants within certain areas of the North-West of England. This pathfinder stage will help us ensure that Universal Credit is ready to go live across the rest of the country later in 2013.
Universal Credit Pathfinder Press Release 24 May 2012 October 2013 national launch of Universal Credit
New claimants: They will be able to make claims for Universal Credit from October 2013, while claims for existing benefits and credits will be gradually phased out. From April 2014, all new claims will be for Universal Credit.
Existing claimants: They will move onto Universal Credit in line with a phased approach that we expect to have completed by the end of 2017
This phased process will be completed in 2017 and we will continue to provide information on this, as it becomes available. -----
I'm in the northwest, but my city is not one of those being used as a test area.
I'm terrified. I'm self employed (my business is 7 months old) and I'm not earning NMW yet for the hours I work. I am doing some further training and courses in march, so am hoping I'll start bringing in at least NMW for the hours I work from April onwards.
Under UC, are we sure how many hours we need to work if our child is over 1 and not currently at school (I think it's 16 now under tax credits) also how many hours do we need to work once child is at school?
wannabe I think they'll be gone at the next election, they weren't even voted in this time around. Labour will be back (I believe and hope) trouble is, now that UC is underway, would labour be able to change it if they did get voted in, in 2015?