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Should Universal Credit be scrapped? Our contributors debate

A flawed system with great potential—or a replacement benefits service that isn't fit for purpose?

Young people enter a Jobcentre Plus in Liverpool. Photo: PA

Yes: Paul Wallace

The conventional view is that Universal Credit (UC) is a good idea let down by poor implementation, delays and cuts. That is far too lenient a verdict: it was misconceived from the start.

The project has now been rolled out to around two million families. If it is ever completed, supposedly by the end of 2023 (six years late), around seven million families will then be getting…

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