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Universal credit has proved controversial almost from the beginning, with reports of IT issues, massive overspends and administrative problems. It's being rolled out across the UK. But now concerns are being raised that 3.2 million working families will lose £48 a week - about £2,500 a year- compared with the old system. The system has been made significantly less generous since it was announced. WHAT IS IT? Universal credit is a benefit for working-age people, replacing six benefits and merging them into one payment:. - income support. - income-based jobseeker's allowance. - income-related employment and support allowance. - housing benefit. - child tax credit. - working tax credit. It was designed to make claiming benefits simpler. Full story

11 October