A cheap stunt by the government over Universal Credit will lead to thousands of children a year being worse off

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Written by : STEVE TOPPLE

The government has made a significant change to the controversial roll out of Universal Credit. It’s launched a consultation on proposed changes to a policy affecting over one million children. It says more children will be helped by the plans.

But dig a little deeper into the details and it actually seems like a cheap stunt. Because the proposals could eventually lead to around 16,000 of the most deprived children being worse off every year.

Universal Credit: more changes?

On 16 November, the Department for Education (DfE) released details of how the free school meals programme will work under Universal Credit. There has been uncertainty over this since at least 2012.

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