From Monday 29 April parts of the north-west of England will see the introduction of universal credit, a single monthly payment for people who are looking for work or are living on low incomes. It will replace a number of existing benefits including income-based jobseeker’s allowance, income-based employment and support allowance, income support, child and working tax credits and housing benefit.
Universal credit is the biggest change to the welfare system in a generation. To mark this major change, our Policy Advisor Sam Royston will be using our Twitter account to answer your questions about universal credit and its impact on children and families. Sam is our expert on the UK benefit system and welfare reform. He leads on child poverty and early years policy work.
Taking part in the Twitter question and answer session is easy. All you need to do is tweet us your question and include the #AskChildSoc hashtag. Sam and the team will then answer as many questions as possible from 12.30pm on Monday 29 April.
Don’t worry if you can’t make Monday’s session. Once the session is over we’ll make sure all the questions and answers are available here on our website.
- Map and calculate childcare support reductions under Universal Credit
- 'The big changes Universal Credit would bring for my family'
- Holes in the Safety Net: The impact of Universal Credit on disabled people and their families
- Our policy page on disabled children and poverty