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Today, the government begins its trial of Universal Credit, the biggest change to the welfare system in a generation. Once fully implemented, the new benefit system will affect nearly 7 million children, or almost half of all children in the UK.

Read our chief executive's statement on the trialling of Universal Credit that began today. Also, don't miss the Guardian's article that focuses on how this initial trial excludes many groups, including families and children, that will be affected by Universal Credit.'s story looks at how families are not included.

Have a look at our page on Universal Credit and other changes to welfare that collects a wealth of information - reports, links and a campaign.

If you have any questions about Universal Credit, join for our Twitter Q&A from 12.30.

By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital Editor
Matt Summers-Sparks
- Digital team

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