Universal credit rollout loading ‘unreasonable risk’ on to claimants

Government adviser Sir Ian Diamond says thousands could be pushed into hardship

The government’s expert adviser on social security has said the next phase in the rollout of universal credit could push thousands of claimants into hardship or even out of the benefit system altogether.

Sir Ian Diamond, the chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC), a formal body providing advice to the work and pensions secretary, said plans to move 3 million people to the benefit from next year loaded an “unreasonable level of risk” on to claimants.

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