By Hannah Johnson
Universal Credit is a new social security benefit that’s currently being rolled out across the UK.
Several politicians and charities – including some within Theresa’s May Government– have asked for the new scheme to be paused or stopped. But how does this relate to our human rights?
Hang on. What even is Universal Credit?
Essentially, Universal Credit will replace a range of existing benefits. It is the core part of a long-running programme of welfare reform from the Conservatives, which aims to save £18 billion.
It’s also hoping to simplify the benefits system, increase incentives to move off benefits and into work, and to reduce worklessness and poverty.