Reducing Universal Credit expenditure on in-work claimants via minimum wage and rents policy

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Dear DWP,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request information on any analysis undertaken by the DWP on using minimum wage increases or rent controls to reduce spending on in-work Universal Credit claims.

Specifically, please provide:

- Assessments of how raising the minimum wage could lower the number of employed people qualifying for UC.

- Analysis of how regulating or capping rental costs could reduce UC entitlement for working claimants.

- Minutes, briefings or reports from ministers or officials discussing minimum wage or rent policy as options for decreasing the UC budget spent on in-work claims.

- Any correspondence with the Treasury or Number 10 examining these policies to cut in-work benefit spending, as part of reducing the overall welfare budget.

Around 40% of UC claimants are employed. I believe this information will show what consideration DWP has given to addressing low pay and high rents as drivers of in-work UC claims.

I look forward to your response within 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Campbell

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Dear Stephen Campbell,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 18th
October.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team