Universal Credit In Work Progression Trial

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

The government has recently extended the Universal Credit In Work Pilot Scheme for a further 12 months, beginning with 19th February 2021. This is the fourth such extension.

The actual trial (which began in 2015) ended in March 2018, and the government have not (to my knowledge) announced any further such trial.

Although the Welfare Reform Act 2012, s.41(5)(a) provides for such extensions, a "pilot scheme" is explicitly described as being for the purposes of "testing" various matters - see subs. (2) of that section.

It would therefore appear to be a rather tenuous use of the regulation-making powers provided for by s.41, as nothing is currently being "tested", nor been tested for quite some time.

Please can you therefore provide the following information:

1. Any documents/information held by the Department discussing the need for the extensions.

2. Any documents/information held by the Department regarding possible future uses of the pilot scheme.

Yours faithfully,

Charles Ellinson

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