Scope backs call for urgent rethink on Universal Credit work allowances

Two new reports by Citizens Advice have found that the move to Universal Credit threatens low-paid workers' financial security and leaves self-employed workers potentially hundreds of pounds a year worse off.

Scope is backing the charity's calls for a rethink on work allowances.

James Taylor, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at disability charity Scope, said:

"This research shows we need an urgent rethink on the move from working tax credits to work allowances so it doesn't end up making life tougher for disabled workers. 

"Some disabled people work part-time or become self-employed so they can manage their impairment or condition around their job, instead of being forced out of employment altogether. 

"If the Government is serious about supporting more disabled people to get into and stay in work, it needs to fix Universal Credit to reflect the needs of all workers."

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