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Summary

This briefing is a further update on developments in welfare reform since the publication of the final Universal Credit regulations on 10 December 2012. It draws on developments and commentary since December 2012, examining in particular the likely impacts of several key features of the reform. Included are selected documents and statistics relating to the impacts of the benefits cap, benefits sanctions, the Work Programme, and the likely impact of reform on work incentives and incomes. Considerable uncertainty has been created, for local authorities and others, by the delay in the implementation of Universal Credit. Also dealt with are the preliminary findings from the local authority pilots and the Direct Payments Demonstration Projects.

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