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|Title:||UNIVERSAL CREDIT, “POSITIVE CITIZENSHIP”, AND THE WORKING POOR: SQUARING THE ETERNAL CIRCLE?|
|Citation:||Modern Law Review|
|Abstract:||This article examines the potential effects of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 on the United Kingdom social security system, and on claimants. This legislation illustrates new modes of thought and ideology underlying the British welfare state. The introduction of the ‘Universal Credit’ has the potential to solve the ‘poverty trap’, where claimants are better off in receipt of welfare beneﬁts rather than engaging with employment, and may assist low-paid individuals into ‘positive’ citizenship. However, the practicalities of implementing Universal Credit might undermine legislators’ ambitions. It may be that the Act attempts too much reform to the social security system, trying to impose legislative uniformity on a highly complex set of socio-economic circumstances which may be impervious to such rationalisation. This could result in the scheme requiring further reform, or even abolition. The ideological and historical underpinnings of Universal Credit are also examined to understand more clearly its nature and structure.|
|Appears in Collections:||Dept of Politics, History and Law Embargoed Research Papers|
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